OK, everyone, let's get started! I'm Dan, I'll be your mod today. Thanks everyone for dropping by, we're excited to have Rhys Davies and Alan Pope from Canonical here today to talk about Ubuntu.
Rhys and Alan, care to start us off with a little about yourselves?
Thanks Dan :) Hi all, my name is Rhys Davies, I am currently a product manager at Canonical, I look after the appliances, snapcraft, LXD and all of the stuff we're doing with Ubuntu on Raspberry Pi. I've not been a product manager very long, coming up on a year, before I did mechatronics and mechanical engineering stuff. Compared to the folks here I imagine I'm under leveled on the software side of things but I'm trying to learn, I'm a big fan of making things and open source, so, here I am. Aside from this part of my life I enjoy reading, writing and TTRPGs ... hi
Hello! I'm a 1972-era human meatbag with a fancy for technical stuff. I have worked for Canonical since 2011, and before that was an active community member working on Ubuntu. I think keyboards are the pinnacle of human interface devices. :D
Human, eh? Well, I guess we can let that slide this one time...
they do seem to become more and more common
So while everyone else is furiously typing their questions, I'll throw one out there: can you explain a little about the Appliances concept? Am I right assuming that they're images that are optimized for Raspberry Pi and they're intended for IoT use?
https://ubuntu.com/appliance is the home page for Ubuntu Appliances, for those following along :)
Sure, so yes, they're optimised for Raspberry Pi and Intel NUCs to be run as IoT devices (or appliances) at home
(we're happy to answer hard questions as well as the soft ones too) :D
The idea is developers of those kinds of IoT projects can put their software on Ubuntu.com for the Ubuntu audience and the audiences of said appliances to download and get working on their Pis or NUCs
Which is what I imagine everyone here is doing right now afk
Question form the peanut gallery here. Can you give us an update on where the "experimental" status of ZFS and zsys is? Should we be seeing the "experimental" tag removed for 20.10?
I'm using the Adguard-Home appliance as my home DNS server. It replaces the PiHole RPi I was previously using.
I have a hard question: whose bright idea was it to try and forcefully shove snaps down everybody's throats?
@franksmcb Good question. I don't think the team have decided yet on whether we want to go full-on with ZFS or keep it experimental for now.
@Alan Pope - interesting. Does it do a better job than PiHole? I've found mine to be pretty leaky.
@Dan Maloney The main reason I prefer AdGuard + Ubuntu Core is it all auto updates on my schedule, (overnight when we're all asleep) and so it's pretty much zero maintenance for me. Nothing against PiHole at all, ran that for years.
@deʃhipu Hah! I don't accept the premise of the question. For most users snaps vs debs is just one package format verses another, it's not a super pressingly important thing they care about. Some technical users do, for sure. Just like people have opinions about X vs Wayland and GNOME vs KDE.
There's real value to users and developers to using a snap to deliver software though. Developers can publish and update quickly, users get a diverse array of up to date software.
@Alan Pope I think "forcefully" is the key word here
Sure, there's bugs, no software is bug free, and we're pretty aware of what the most important ones to work on are, we're listening to users.
@deʃhipu I'm not coming around your house and putting...
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