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    Phoronix: Canonical To Develop Some Ubuntu Features In Private

    Some features of Ubuntu 13.04 won't be openly developed by the Ubuntu Linux community but rather in a more covert approach by Canonical and select Ubuntu developers. Mark Shuttleworth calls these new features "some sexy 13.04 surprises" but he was sure to reinforce that the overall Ubuntu Linux development approach isn't changing...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTIxMDI

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    Frameloss is for lamers.

    Framerate addict Well I have done a lot of work on that, and sent them some emails. Hopefully they will listen.

    I am finding small stuff all the time though, so all those eventually add up. Latest is "idle=poll" bootoption, which also reduces jitter. Doom 3 now here runs so smooth, that characters seem a bit rigid (constantly smooth moving), and one expects more of them. My theory of low-jitter incresases expectations to quality, seem right. Also some scenes seem a bit dated, and you can tell they weren`t on a low-jitter OS to begin with. Some stuff still works great though, such as surprise/humour element, when suddently being dropped into a chamber with zombies.

    Also with finely controlled granuality for jitter-levels tuned to "natural", immersion becomes so strong in the game, that some scenes become distasteful, such as some doom-style horror/humour stuff.

    HL2 with low-jitter seems a bit more modern, since their physics stuff, seem more realistic.

    Peace Be With You.

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    • #3
      How will this work? Will 13.04 alphas and betas be released without the said features only to have them dumped on us on release day?

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      • #4
        I hope his definition of "sexy surprise" does not match with those of Bill....

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        • #5
          Good

          The title is misleading.
          It should rather be "Canonical to involve community in its projects".

          "Private feature-developpement" is really not new or even specific to Ubuntu/Canonical. Most developers do this (you work on something privately and you advertise it when you think it is ready).

          They probably learned from the Unity shopping lens fiasco that early community input can be actually good (in this case they could have avoided unnecessary FUD by dealing with privacy concerns before landing the feature).
          So this is definitely a step in the good direction.
          Last edited by Malizor; 10-19-2012, 06:22 AM.

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          • #6
            @Paradox Uncreated

            Why don't get a 120 Hz monitor and just do:
            Code:
            sed -i s/60/120/g neo/framework/UsercmdGen.h

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            • #7
              Bad

              This is not in the spirit of open source and open governance.

              Canonical to develope stuff in the private. In addition to already developing closed source software such as Ubuntu One. Also with 12.10 there is adware/spyware/nsfw in Unity.

              I used to love Ubuntu, but now I find myself trusting it less and less.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by uid313 View Post
                This is not in the spirit of open source and open governance.

                Canonical to develope stuff in the private.
                Most features are born in a private branch. This is no different, except this time you know about it from the start.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by bug77 View Post
                  Most features are born in a private branch. This is no different, except this time you know about it from the start.
                  Yea. Still this is craptastic news. So much for open..

                  Linux news have been nothing but shit lately. Shuttleworth is going maniac, KDE is still a steaming pile of booboo tardware, and Fedora is delayed.

                  Will a late but usable Fedora release save 2012? I hope!

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                  • #10
                    If someone in canonical has half a brain, they are working in making android apps run in ubuntu. They have already shown that with the ubuntu for android demonstrations. AMD is lauching tablets with windows 8 runing android apps, so it must not be that far away.

                    Ubuntu should become a really great platform if it spans across every device (phone, tablet, laptop, desktop and tv) and allows the user to manage his experience (install apps, customize background, etc) from a single device, so that you have everything you need in whichever ubuntu device you synch to your account. Obviously UbuntuOne should play a big role in this.

                    I believe ubuntu could challenge android if it is able to offer a similar experience in mobile but also in other devices and provide the god damn updates that google can't make their partners do. I wonder if it would be possible for canonical to work closely with the OEMs and help them mainline the code for their devices, or keeping a "ubuntu" branch of the kernel with the code for every device, so that users would receive the updates from canonical and not have to worry if the device manufacturers will be able to provide updates. If this is possible, i believe it would become a really compelling platform, since it would share android's ecosystem without the fragmentation. Win for users and win for developers.

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                    • #11
                      Android apps on Ubuntu will certainly make sense for tablets, to make U there a better proposition for Joe Public, but for desktops I don't see a point.

                      There are no useful mobile "apps". So you want fart/flashlight apps for your desktop?


                      Then there's the small fact that statistically every "app" has one or more of

                      a) ads
                      b) malware
                      c) steals your data on purpose

                      Yay! We obviously want that on our desktops!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by curaga View Post
                        Android apps on Ubuntu will certainly make sense for tablets, to make U there a better proposition for Joe Public, but for desktops I don't see a point.

                        There are no useful mobile "apps". So you want fart/flashlight apps for your desktop?


                        Then there's the small fact that statistically every "app" has one or more of

                        a) ads
                        b) malware
                        c) steals your data on purpose

                        Yay! We obviously want that on our desktops!
                        Well I certainly want Netflix. Many people would appreciate the AutoCAD version even if not the full desktop version. Obviously we don't need flashlight or fart apps, but android has some pretty interesting apps that would be a great addition to the ubuntu platform. I believe MS said that some sort of Office is coming to android, so think about that.

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                        • #13
                          And which of the three tickboxes does Netflix fill? All three perhaps?

                          Crippled mobile MS Office will certainly beat a native LibreOffice or the full MS Office in Wine. Not.


                          Office is a bad example, because that's emulation either way, so you're only picking between the full version and a crippled, touch-enabled version.

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                          • #14
                            If you are that kind of zealot you should be pretty happy running those distros you have to compile everything for yourself and verifying every line of code for potential info stealing malware. I don't think you might be the target user of ubuntu though...

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                            • #15
                              I love how Ubuntu is becoming so popular now so that the hardcore crowd now needs to distance themselves quickly. BSD is waiting for you.

                              Meanwhile my university is in the process of switching all their systems to Ubuntu.

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