Monday, March 23, 2009

The Ubuntu Chronicles: The Saga of Amber and Ubuntu

Part 29

Update Notifier Icon

Thanks to a friend of Mackenzie's and the command he gave Mackenzie to help me, I have my Notifier Icon BACK :) and it works! I didn't use the command line I used Gconf editor but still followed the directions. The only time I used the command line was to kill and restart. Here is what she gave me so if you are wondering how you can get yours back just in-case Canonical/Ubuntu is not going to give it back automatically here it is.

gconftool -s --type bool /apps/update-notifier/auto_launch false and then kill and restart update-notifier will get the icon for update-notifier back.

killall -9 update-manager (that will kill it)
run update-manager (that will restart it)

Also, I was asked to comment on the following Bug: 332945
I saw the thread and I think there is nothing I can add except say, "me to", to wanting it back, but thanks to Mackenzie and her friend, I now have it back.

Now having said that I found some of the comments interesting and I thought I would share some of those comments here. I was very surprised at the responses from the Canonical/Ubuntu folks. You can decide for yourself what you think as an end user or developer. Right, Wrong, or indifferent. I think this is just one thing that points to why some end users should be part of the decision making.

I am sure there are some end users that know how to watch and listen then comment where it's needed. Those who can go to UDS to be the End User Reps/Advocates (or whatever you want to call them). Those who go not to get support, not to be in the way but, take the list and say this is what the average user wants (puts a name and face on the end user). I know there is a team of people to represent the "community" and to a greater extended community. I am not sure that Community had been defined to the degree it should be. I don't think there is anything wrong with separating the two ("community and user community) However, just make it clear and define the groups within each community in a positive way without putting one above the other, but side by side working together. I looked up the non-technical things that users could do, those things still require some technical skills. (Artwork, Wiki Pages, Translations), but that's another story.

Below are some of the comments on the BUG listed above.
(Bug Number 332945)

Matthew Paul Thomas
comments (complete comment can be found in the bug, or click on Matthew Paul Thomas above and see the complete comment.

"Curses, our secret plan has been uncovered! Canonical is indeed trying to degrade Ubuntu, make it less secure, and drive average business and personal users away. The orange star icon was a paragon of obviousness and clickability, so it just had to go.

But seriously, we did not design this behavior yesterday on the back of a napkin. We discussed it publicly at the Ubuntu Developer Summit in December..." He goes on to say that is is a security issue is why they changed it. However, discussing it publicly at UDS in like "preaching to the Choir" in my humble opinion. When he says "discussed publicly at UDS" that really translates to "it was discussed among developers". Why does scarism have to go into the comments. End users just like certain things, there is no reason to be condisending to us.

Noel J. Bergman's comment makes the rebuttal to Mathew Paul Thomas.
Matthew Paul Thomas (green) Joel (Blue) for those who get the feed with no color >Matthew Paul Thomas and the one below those are Noel J. Bergman's.

"> Curses, our secret plan has been uncovered! Canonical is indeed trying to degrade Ubuntu,
> make it less secure, and drive average business and personal users away.

No one has said that there is any malicious intent. That's just a defensive reaction on your part. But nor do we like the direction that you have taken with this change.

> We discussed it publicly at the Ubuntu Developer Summit in December

Yes, I was there. Oh wait, no I wasn't. Nor was more than an insignificant fraction of the Ubuntu community. Most of us first got wind of the change when it dropped in our laps, and now we're letting you know how we feel about it..."

As I mentioned above, if you go to that bug you can read all the comments.
You can decide for yourself or add to the bug.

Thanks Mackenzie for the Fix, and thanks BUGabundo for the link to the BUG. Much appreciated.

I have found that unless I update my computer daily, then things are out of sync and I only get partial installs. I am told that that is normal for an alpha release. I hoping from Beta forward things should be different. :) I have a spare machine that I will use to test the Beta release on Thursday. I have recently found out about the QA Team's testing procedures.

Here are a few example links..
http://testcases.qa.ubuntu.com/Applications/Nautilus
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Testing/UbuntuTestingDay/20090302 (There are details on the page for today's testing)

I am not trying to be difficult in this matter...it's just if you don't know something is broken how can you fix it. I think the end user's voice is really not being heard. Having said that I know that Jono Bacon has sent out a list of the top Brainstorm ideas to the developers and that they will be discussing them at UDS in May. To me that's cool.

See I am learning more and more each day. This is great stuff! :)
More later...