Nathan Osman
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Second Annual Ubuntu App Showdown Announced
Aug. 7, 2013, 10:30 a.m. by Nathan Osman

About one hour ago, the second annual Ubuntu App Showdown was announced by David Planella. This time around, the focus is on mobile applications. Each application must be built with the Ubuntu SDK for the Ubuntu Touch platform and can be either a native application or an HTML 5 application. There will be three prizes awarded: an LG Nexus 4 ...

The Ubuntu Edge Is Dead
Aug. 4, 2013, 5:49 p.m. by Nathan Osman

In the past, we (as editors and administrators) have never been afraid to make predictions about things. Granted, the linked example wasn't really a prediction but rather a joke that actually ended up becoming reality. This time we have some more serious numbers to put forward. The Ubuntu Edge has exactly seventeen days remaining and as of right now, requires ...

Ubuntu Forums Is Back Up
July 30, 2013, 11:42 a.m. by Nathan Osman

As of about an hour ago, Ubuntu Forums is once again available to the general public. It has been down since the Saturday before last after a hacker managed to use a compromised forum administrator's account to deface the website. One important thing to note: you can only log in via Ubuntu SSO (Single Sign-On) at the moment. If you ...

Ubuntu Forums Coming Back Online Shortly
July 26, 2013, 12:04 p.m. by Nathan Osman

A couple of days ago, user Coffeecat forwarded the following information from one of the sysadmins working on bringing the forums back up: "The forums are back up and running but it's taking a long time, because we have to vet tables in the database as we copy them across . But when I say back up and running, I ...

Ubuntu Edge Crowdfunding Widget
July 23, 2013, 11:45 a.m. by Nathan Osman

For those of you who aren't aware, Canonical is attempting to raise $32 million on Indiegogo to fund the development of Ubuntu Edge, a cutting edge (no pun intended) smartphone with enough features to make any Ubuntu user drool. Yesterday, over $3 million was raised, smashing all kinds of crowdfunding records. Many of you were constantly visiting the page containing ...

What Really Happened to Ubuntu Forums
July 22, 2013, 8:32 p.m. by Nathan Osman

Three days after what many would call a "nightmare for the Ubuntu community," details are finally beginning to surface about what exactly went wrong: "We now know what happened, it wasn't anything to do with a security hole in VB, all this came about via social engineering and legacy problems left over from when the previous owner was still running ...

Ubuntu Edge Officially Announced
July 22, 2013, 8:27 a.m. by Nathan Osman

As of a few moments ago, the Ubuntu website underwent a change. Not just any change, mind you - the countdown ended. Although the results aren't terribly surprising, we can now officially confirm Ubuntu Edge. But wait. This device comes with a twist: it's actually a project on Indiegogo. The minimum donation for receiving a device appears to be $600 ...

Interview: Roland Taylor
July 21, 2013, 4:30 p.m. by Nathan Osman

Today marks the start of a new series that we will be doing here on 2buntu. We have decided to interview a number of our editors and prominent Ubuntu community users. We submit a list of questions to them, they fill in the answers, and then we publish the results here. Our goal is to introduce readers to some new ...

Ubuntu Forums Has Been Hacked
July 20, 2013, 4:14 p.m. by Nathan Osman

Unfortunately, a group of hackers were able to successfully gain root access to the server(s) hosting the Ubuntu Forums today and compromise the entire website. The Canonical IS team is investigating the issue as we speak. The attackers replaced the website with the following image: * image courtesy of VinDSL Unfortunately, it appears that all usernames, password hashes, email addresses, ...

An Introduction to Django - Part 2
June 24, 2013, 11:56 a.m. by Nathan Osman

In my last article, I went over the process of getting Django set up and outlined a sample application that would allow users to post short status updates and view updates from others. The article briefly mentioned views but I ran out of space to actually describe them. Thus, we will begin this article by creating some views. But First... ...

An Introduction to Django - Part 1
June 23, 2013, 3:41 p.m. by Nathan Osman

I have been asked a number of times what web framework I prefer, so to provide a canonical answer, I have decided to write this article. That way, whenever someone asks me that question, I can point them here. This is going to be the first of (likely) several articles and will begin with a basic introduction to the topics ...

Installing Discourse on Ubuntu
June 1, 2013, 8:32 p.m. by Nathan Osman

Note: these instructions are written specifically for Raring Ringtail (Ubuntu 13.04) and are not guaranteed to work on other releases. Please leave a comment below if you are using a newer release and having difficulty with the instructions. Discourse is a modern Q&A platform brought to you by the same people that wrote Stack Overflow (or some of them anyway). ...

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I am a software developer proficient in Python and C++. Occasionally I write articles here but mostly I am responsible for keeping the site up and running. I am the "unofficial" system administrator.