Ubuntu Studio 20.04 LTS Released — News – Ubuntu Studio

The Ubuntu Studio team is pleased to announce the release of Ubuntu Studio 20.04, code-named “Focal Fossa”. This marks Ubuntu Studio’s 27th release. This release is a Long-Term Support release and as such, it is supported for 3 years (until April 2023). 11 more words

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Locked In

It has now been 2 weeks working from home. Normally I like working from home when I need to concentrate on writing a report. But with the rest of the family around it is a bit chaotic, and I need to keep pushing Alexander to do some homework instead of sitting on the playstaion all day. It is the way he keeps in contact with his friends though.

Luckily, before the virus hit I found a great Trumpet and Woodwind store in Copenhagen called I.K.Gottfried and took my old Getzen 300 silver-plated trumpet to have some maintenance. Unfortunately, the leadpipe was showing signs of corrosion and they were worried it would not survive an ultrasonic clean. So I bought a second-hand Yamaha YTR-2330 lacquered trumpet whilst their technician took a closer look at the Getzen. Apart from a few spazmodic attempts in the basement over the years, I have not seriously played the trumpet for nearly 20 years. At first I could not play for any longer than about 5 minutes, and only in the middle register. But now after playing daily for 2 weeks, my lips are improving. I can play for half and hour or more, and my range is nearly back to what it used to be, although some days I stuggle in the lower register. It has been great getting back to one of my old loves. It is so soothing playing music when everything outside of the house is a crazy mess!

At first when the lock-in started, I was looking forward to the start of the AFL season and watching my beloved Bombers. I did manage to watch a slightly delayed streaming of them winning the first game of the season (without spectators). Unfortunately, the AFL season was put on hold after this, and there is no live sport (of interest to me) that I can watch anymore.

Every now and then, I also do a little work on my Gammon One-Name Study. I am still cross-checking names between my indexes and the ROAK Family Group. I am also entering the faux marriage certificates that I received from the Barnstaple Marriage Challenge into a new tree to see if I get any matches with other trees, or can extract a family of two out of it.

For Debian, I sponsored an upload of a new version of Parlatype, and the brand new Libre Office extension for it. If you ever need to transcibe some speech to text, take a look at Parlatype.

Before the coronavirus hit all public events around the world, I had booked flights to Ireland to see Crowded Hose in the summer. This weekend I went onto the Neil Finn website to see if there was any news about concerts being cancelled. Unfortunatley, the first few dates on their upcoming tour have been cancelled. Whilst there I noticed that Neil Finn was broadcasting daily shows on his Fangradio to give some joy in these strange days. I am really enjoying listening to the backlog that he uploaded over the last week. It is great to hear this music legend playing some of his fantastic songs, sometimes alone, and sometimes with his sons. He also does some great covers including some Beatles songs. I am listening to “Fall At Your Feet” as I type this.

This week I will hopefully have time to take part in the Beta Testing for the next release of Ubuntu Studio. If you want to take part too, there are instructions on the ISO QA Tracker website where you can also download the images.

Installing Ubuntu Studio alongside Windows 10

I recently installed Ubuntu Studio 17.10 Artful Aardvark on a spare USB disk for my son. His computer had Windows 10, but there was no space inside the case for an extra internal disk. I selected the option during the install process to boot Ubuntu Studio with the Windows Boot Manager. But unfortunately, after the installation completed the computer would only ever boot into Windows – there was no Grub menu.

There was plenty of information online about this problem. As usual with these type of problems, some of the information seemed trust worthy, and some not! I thought I would record here what worked for me, in case I ever get stuck again.

It turned out that I had to go into Windows and use the command  line to point the Windows Boot Manager at the right EFI file.

As I didn’t trust the advice at first, I ran the command with the Windows “help” option (which I had forgotten after not using Windows for many years) to find out what the command did:

C:\Windows\system32>bcdedit /?

This showed me the command to investigate what the current setting was:

C:\Windows\system32>bcdedit /enum

Windows Boot Manager

——————–

identifier {bootmgr}

device partition=\Device\HarddiskVolume2

path \EFI\Microsoft\Boot\bootmgfw.efi

description Windows Boot Manager

locale da-DK

inherit {globalsettings}

default {current}

resumeobject {9c35ad51-1f6a-11e7-aeb5-f52aab87eca4}

displayorder {current}

toolsdisplayorder {memdiag}

timeout 30

Windows Boot Loader

——————-

identifier {current}

device partition=C:

path \Windows\system32\winload.efi

description Windows 10

locale da-DK

inherit {bootloadersettings}

recoverysequence {9c35ad53-1f6a-11e7-aeb5-f52aab87eca4}

recoveryenabled Yes

isolatedcontext Yes

allowedinmemorysettings 0x15000075

osdevice partition=C:

systemroot \Windows

resumeobject {9c35ad51-1f6a-11e7-aeb5-f52aab87eca4}

nx OptIn

bootmenupolicy Standard

I could then see that Windows Boot Manager was still loading the old EFI file (bootmgfw.efi). This gave me the confidence to run the magic command found on the internet to point Windows Boot Manager at the right EFI file:

C:\Windows\system32>bcdedit /set {bootmgr} path \EFI\ubuntu\shimx64.efi

After a brief panic that maybe that the installer had not installed the EFI file with that exact name, or that it had not installed Grub at all, and that I was about to brick my son’s computer (and never here the end of it), I rebooted.

Voila! Grub appeared, and I could boot into both Windows and Ubuntu Studio. Now all I have to do is buy a USB MIDI/Audio interface so we can hook up the computer to his electronic drum kit, and my old Roland keyboard.

Ubuntu Studio 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) Released

We are happy to announce the release of our latest version, Ubuntu Studio 17.10 Artful Aardvark! As a regular version, it will be supported for 9 months. Since it’s just out, you may experience some issues, so you might want to wait a bit before upgrading. Please see the release notes for a complete list…

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My FOSS activities for August & September 2017

I am writing this from my hotel room in Bologna, Italy before going out for a pizza. After a successful Factory Acceptance Test today, I might also allow myself to celebrate with a beer. But anyway, here is what I have been up to in the FLOSS world for the last month and a bit.

Debian

  • Uploaded gramps (4.2.6) to stretch-backports & jessie-backports-sloppy.
  • Started working on the latest release of node-tmp. It needs further work due to new documentation being included etc.
  • Started working on packaging the latest goocanvas-2.0 package. Everything is ready except for producing some autopkgtests.
  • Moved node-coffeeify experimental to unstable.
  • Updated the Multimedia Blends Tasks with all the latest ITPs etc.
  • Reviewed doris for Antonio Valentino, and sponsored it for him.
  • Reviewed pyresample for Antonio Valentino, and sponsored it for him.
  • Reviewed a new parlatype package for Gabor Karsay, and sponsored it for him.

Ubuntu

  • Successfully did my first merge using git-ubuntu for the Qjackctl package. Thanks to Nish for patiently answering my questions, reviewing my work, and sponsoring the upload.
  • Refreshed the gramps backport request to 4.2.6. Still no willing sponsor.
  • Tested Len’s rewrite of ubuntustudio-controls, adding a CPU governor option in particular. There are a couple of minor things to tidy up, but we have probably missed the chance to get it finalised for Artful.
  • Tested the First Beta release of Ubuntu Studio 17.10 Artful and wrote the release notes. Also drafted my first release announcement on the Ubunti Studio website which Eylul reviewed and published.
  • Refreshed the ubuntustudio-meta package and requested sponsorship. This was done by Steve Langasek. Thanks Steve.
  • Tested the Final Beta release of Ubuntu Studio 17.10 Artful and wrote the release notes.
  • Started working on a new Carla package, starting from where Víctor Cuadrado Juan left it (ITP in Debian).

My Debian & Ubuntu work from April to mid-August 2017

Okay, so I have been slack with my blogging again. I have been travelling around Europe with work quite a bit, had a short holiday over Easter in Denmark, and also had 3 weeks of Summer Holiday in Germany.

Debian

  • Tidied up the packaging and tried building the latest version of libdrumstick, but tests had been added to the package by upstream which were failing. I still need to get back and investigate that.
  • Updated node-seq (targeted at experimental due to the Debian Stretch release freeze) and asked for sponsorship (as I did not have DM rights for it yet).
  • Uploaded the latest version of abcmidi (also to experimental), and again.
  • Updated node-tmp to the latest version and uploaded to experimental.
  • Worked some more on bluebird RFP, but getting errors when running tests. I still haven’t gone back to investigate that.
  • Updated node-coffeeify to the latest version and uploaded to experimental.
  • Uploaded the latest version of node-os-tmpdir (also to experimental).
  • Uploaded the latest version of node-concat-stream (also to experimental).
  • After encouragement from several Debian Developers, I applied to become a full Debian Developer. Over the summer months I worked with Santiago as my Application Manager and answered questions about working in the Debian Project.
  • A web vulnerability was identified in node-concat-stream, so I prepared a fix to the version in unstable, uploaded it to unstable, and submitted a unblock request bug so that it would be fixed in the coming Debian Stretch release.
  • Debian 10 (Stretch) was released! Yay!
  • Moved abcmidi from experimental to unstable, adding an autopkgtest at the same time.
  • Moved node-concat-stream from experimental to unstable. During the process I had to take care of the intermediate upload to stretch (on a separate branch) because of the freeze.
  • Moved node-tmp to unstable from experimental.
  • Moved node-os-tmpdir from experimental to unstable.
  • Filed a removal bug for creepy, which seems to be unmaintained upstream these days. Sent my unfinished Qt4 to Qt5 porting patches upstream just in case!
  • Uploaded node-object-inspect to experimental to check the reverse dependencies, then moved it to unstable. Then a new upstream version came out which is now in experimental waiting for a retest of reverse dependencies.
  • Uploaded the latest version of gramps (4.2.6).
  • Uploaded a new version of node-cross-spawn to experimental.
  • Discovered that I had successfully completed the DD application process and I was now a Debian Developer. I celebrated by uploading the Debian Multimedia Blends package to the NEW queue, which I was not able to do before!
  • Tweaked and uploaded the node-seq package (with an RC fix) which had been sitting there because I did not have DM rights to the package. It is not an important package anyhow, as it is just one of the many dependencies that need to be packaged for Browserify.
  • Packaged and uploaded the latest node-isarray directly to unstable, as the changes seemed harmless.
  • Prepared and uploaded the latest node-js-yaml to experimental.
  • Did an update to the Node packaging Manual now that we are allowed to use “node” as the executable in Debian instead of “nodejs” which caused us to do a lot of patching in the past to get node packages working in Debian.

Ubuntu

  • Did a freeze exception bug for ubuntustudio-controls, but we did not manage to get it sponsored before the Ubuntu Studio Zesty 17.04 release.
  • Investigated why Ardour was not migrating from zesty-proposed, but I couldn’t be sure of what was holding it up. After getting some help from the Developer’s mailing list, I prepared “no change rebuild” of pd-aubio which was sponsored by Steve Langasek after a little tweak. This did the trick.
  • Wrote to the Ubuntu Studio list asking for support for testing the Ubuntu Studio Zesty release, as I would be on holiday in the lead up to the release. When I got back, I found the release had gone smoothly. Thanks team!
  • Worked on some blueprints for the next Ubuntu Studio Artful release.
  • As Set no longer has enough spare time to work on Ubuntu Studio, we had a meeting on IRC to decide what to do. We decided that we should set up a Council like Xubuntu have. I drafted an announcement, but we still have not gone live with it yet. Maybe someone will have read this far and give us a push (or help). 🙂
  • Did a quick test of Len’s ubuntustudio-controls re-write (at least the GUI bits). We better get a move on if we want this to be part of Artful!
  • Tested ISO for Ubuntu Studio Xenial 16.04.3 point release, and updated the release notes.
  • Started working on a merge of Qjackctl using git-ubuntu for the first time. Had some issues getting going, so I asked the authors for some advice.

git ubuntu clone

I am reblogging this excellent series of posts from Nish and Robie, because I really want to try the process out in my next Ubuntu merge, and I want to be able to find the information again easily.

Nish's blog

This is the second post in a collaborative series between Robie Basak and myself to introduce (more formally) git ubuntu to a broader audience. There is an index of all our planned posts in the first post. As mentioned there, it is important to keep in mind that the tooling and implementation are still highly experimental.

In this post, we will introduce the git ubuntu clone subcommand and take a brief tour of what an imported repository looks like. git ubuntu clone will be the entry point for most users to interact with Ubuntu source packages, as it answers a common request on IRC: “Where is the source for package X?”. As Robie alluded to in his introductory post, one of the consequences of the git ubuntu importer is that there is now a standard way to obtain the source of any given source package: git ubuntu clone

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My March 2017 Activities

March was a busy month, so this monthly report is a little late. I worked two weekends, and I was planning my Easter holiday, so there wasn’t a lot of spare time.

Debian

  •  Updated Dominate to the latest version and uploaded to experimental (due to the Debian Stretch release freeze).
  • Uploaded the latest version of abcmidi (also to experimental).
  • Pinged the bugs for reverse dependencies of pygoocanvas and goocanvas with a view to getting them removed from the archive during the Buster cycle.
  • Asked for help on the Ubuntu Studio developers and users mailing lists to test the coming Ubuntu Studio 17.04 release ISO, because I would be away on holiday for most of it.

Ubuntu

  • Worked on ubuntustudio-controls, reverting it back to an earlier revision that Len said was working fine. Unfortunately, when I built and installed it from my ppa, it crashed. Eventually found my mistake with the bzr reversion, fixed it and prepared an upload ready for sponsorship. Submitted a Freeze Exception bug in the hope that the Release Team would accept it even though we had missed the Final Beta.
  • Put a new power supply in an old computer that was kaput, and got it working again. Set up Ubuntu Server 16.04 on it so that I could get a bit more experience with running a server. It won’t last very long, because it is a 32 bit machine, and Ubuntu will probably drop support for that architecture eventually. I used two small spare drives to set up RAID 1 & LVM (so that I can add more space to it later). I set up some Samba shares, so that my wife will be able to get at them from her Windows machine. For music streaming, I set up Emby Server. I wold be great to see this packaged for Debian. I uploaded all of my photos and music for Emby to serve around the home (and remotely as well). Set up Obnam to back up the server to an external USB stick (temporarily until I set up something remote). Set LetsEncrypt with the wonderful Certbot program.
  • Did the Release Notes for Ubuntu Studio 17.04 Final Beta. As I was in Brussels for two days, I was not able to do any ISO testing myself.

Other

  • Measured up the new model railway layout and documented it in xtrkcad.
  • Started learning Ansible some more by setting up ssh on all my machines so that I could access them with Ansible and manipulate them using a playbook.
  • Went to the Open Source Days conference just down the road in Copenhagen. Saw some good presentations. Of interest for my previous work in the Debian GIS Team, was a presentation from the Danish Municipalities on how they run projects using Open Source. I noted how their use of Proj 4 and OSGeo. I was also pleased to see a presentation from Ximin Luo on Reproducible Builds, and introduced myself briefly after his talk (during the break).
  • Started looking at creating a Django website to store and publish my One Name Study sources (indexes).  Started by creating a library to list some of my recently read Journals. I will eventually need to import all the others I have listed in a cvs spreadsheet that was originally exported from the commercial (Windows only) Custodian software.

Plan status from last month & update for next month

Debian

For the Debian Stretch release:

  • Keep an eye on the Release Critical bugs list, and see if I can help fix any. – In Progress

Generally:

  • Package all the latest upstream versions of my Debian packages, and upload them to Experimental to keep them out of the way of the Stretch release. – In Progress
  • Begin working again on all the new stuff I want packaged in Debian.

Ubuntu

  • Start working on an Ubuntu Studio package tracker website so that we can keep an eye on the status of the packages we are interested in. – Started
  • Start testing & bug triaging Ubuntu Studio packages. – In progress
  • Test Len’s work on ubuntustudio-controls – Done
  • Do the Ubuntu Studio Zesty 17.04 Final Beta release. – Done
  • Sort out the Blueprints for the coming Ubuntu Studio 17.10 release cycle.

Other

  • Give JMRI a good try out and look at what it would take to package it. – In progress
  • Also look at OpenPLC for simulating the relay logic of real railway interlockings (i.e. a little bit of the day job at home involving free software – fun!). – In progress

Ubuntu Studio 17.04 Released

We are happy to announce the release of our latest version, Ubuntu Studio 17.04 Zesty Zapus! As a regular version, it will be supported for 9 months. Since it’s just out, you may experience some issues, so you might want to wait a bit before upgrading. Please see the release notes for a complete list…

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February 2017 – My Free Software activities summary

When I sat down to write this blog, I thought I hadn’t got much done in February. But as it took  me quite a while to write up, there must have actually been a little bit of progress. With my wife starting a new job, there have been some adjustments in family life, and I have struggled just to keep up with all the Debian and Ubuntu emails. Anyway……..

Debian

Ubuntu

  • Tested Ubuntu Studio 16.02.2 point release, marked as ready, and updated the Release Notes.
  • Started updating my previous Gramps backport in Ubuntu to Gramps 4.2.5. The package builds fine, and I have tested that it installs and works. I just need to update the bug.
  • Prepared updates to the ubuntustudio-default-settings & ubuntustudio-meta packages. There were some deferred changes from before Yakkety was released, including moving the final bit of configuration left in the ubuntustudio-lightdm-theme package to ubuntustudio-default-settings. Jeremy Bicha sponsored the uploads after suggesting moving away from some transitional ttf font packages in ubuntustudio-meta.
  • Tested the Ubuntu Studio 17.04 First Beta release, marked as ready, and prepared the Release Notes.
  • Upgraded my music studio Ubuntu Studio computer to Yakkety 16.1o.
  • Got accepted as an Ubuntu Contributing Developer by the Developer Membership Board.

Other

  • After a merge of my Family Tree with the Family Tree of my wife in Gramps a long way back, I finally started working through the database merging duplicates and correcting import errors.
  • Worked some more on the model railway, connecting up the other end of the tunnel section with the rest of the railway.

Plan status from last month & update for next month

Debian

For the Debian Stretch release:

  • Keep an eye on the Release Critical bugs list, and see if I can help fix any. – In Progress

Generally:

  • Finish the Gramps 5.2.5 backport for Jessie. – Done
  • Package all the latest upstream versions of my Debian packages, and upload them to Experimental to keep them out of the way of the Stretch release.
  • Begin working again on all the new stuff I want packaged in Debian.

Ubuntu

  • Finish the ubuntustudio-lightdm-theme, ubuntustudio-default-settings transition including an update to the ubuntustudio-meta packages. – Done
  • Reapply to become a Contributing Developer. – Done
  • Start working on an Ubuntu Studio package tracker website so that we can keep an eye on the status of the packages we are interested in. – Started
  • Start testing & bug triaging Ubuntu Studio packages. – In progress
  • Test Len’s work on ubuntustudio-controls – In progress
  • Do the Ubuntu Studio Zesty 17.04 Final Beta release.

Other

  • Give JMRI a good try out and look at what it would take to package it. – In progress
  • Also look at OpenPLC for simulating the relay logic of real railway interlockings (i.e. a little bit of the day job at home involving free software – fun!). – In progress