Meeting – ubuntu quickly software development + Jolicloud

This week, Les, Tony, Colin, Peter and Mike.

Coffee supplied by Colin, Blueberry muffins courtesy of Tony. Mince pies on the menu for next week.

The first half of the meeting was general Linux chitchat, then we moved on to look at Jolicloud in a virtual machine, then on a netbook. Quickly is to be an ongoing project, in the projects section. Finally, Colin has still not achieved his objective with Tiny/Microcore Linux on the ancient IBM thinkpad, so decided to take a free Toshiba to experiment on.

Jolicloud is an Ubuntu based distrobution available as a full sized CD iso.
On an early Acer Aspire netbook with 8G SSD and 512 memory, it took about 30 minutes to install.
It looks slick, and set up a 3 mobile broadband dongle without problem.

Jolicloud running in live mode:-

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On a jolicloud forum, someone has written “I don’t get the point, you can log into your jolicloud account and get this effect with any distro”. This is a fair point, you can get the jolicloud ‘cloud’ experience with any distro, preferably with the chrome browser installed.


Quickly is new, growing project aimed at developers. The default ubuntu-project template creates a PyGTK project ready to be edited in GEdit and GUIfied in Glade. The availability of templates means that Python isn’t the only language available, but Ubuntu is doing the right thing by “making opinionated choices” for new developers. Packaging the project is a simple Quickly command, as is uploading to a Launchpad PPA. It even makes sync’ing your app data via Ubuntu One dead simple by making it easy to include DesktopCouchDB in your new app. Once the stated goal of integrating Quickly into GEdit with a plugin is finished, creating little one-off applications in Ubuntu will be a snap.

On the command line type:-
quickly create ubuntu-application quick-one

to create your first project which looks like this:

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Run the quickly tutorial from the command line with:-
quickly tutorial ubuntu-application

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The intention is to slowly work through the examples given, these will appear in the projects section as they are completed.


Ground Control is Martin Owen’s method of encouraging “opportunistic programming” by integrating Bazaar with Nautilus. It uses contextual button clues to help you download a project from Launchpad, target a bug, edit, and upload your work, all without having to learn any Bazaar commands. Jono Bacon has added the ability to create new projects, he intends Mission Control to be able to create new Launchpad PPAs.

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