Fwd: Ubuntu Online Summit (3-5 Nov): Get your sessions in

Nicholas Skaggs nicholas.skaggs at canonical.com
Tue Oct 27 13:24:12 UTC 2015

On 10/24/2015 04:18 AM, Nio Wiklund wrote:
> Hi Nicholas and Marc,
> [replying inline]
> Best regards
> Nio
> Den 2015-10-23 kl. 22:09, skrev Marc Deslauriers:
>> Hi,
>> On 2015-10-23 03:50 PM, Nicholas Skaggs wrote:
>>> On 10/21/2015 12:08 PM, Nio Wiklund wrote:
>>>> Hi Nicholas and Marc,
>> Whoops, sorry for not replying earlier, I didn't notice the thread.
>>>> *Date and time*
>>>> Wednesday would be the best day for me, and Thursday the second best day
>>>> and Tuesday is not good at all.
>>>> I don't know how to arrange a session, so I would rely on you to make it
>>>> possible and book a time slot.
>>> http://summit.ubuntu.com/getinvolved/propose-a-session/. You want a discussion
>>> session. I can help if it's still confusing, but see below. Sounds like you
>>> might not want a session anymore.
> If the problems with the SDC can be solved without a session, it is a
> waste of effort and time to arrange a session for it.
>>>> *Content*
>>>> Now that you, Marc, have started the work to revamp the SDC by
>>>> simplifying it, and at the same time stating that none of the
>>>> alternative installers can be accepted, I'm not sure what to discuss in
>>>> such a session. Maybe something along these lines:
>>> Seems you have some things to discuss, but it doesn't have to be a session if
>>> you don't want it to be. Since we've settled on not changing the default, the
>>> impact is certainly lessened and indeed there is less to discuss. It's up to
>>> you. We should start a new thread to discuss your questions though if you want
>>> to go that route. Perhaps a status from Marc would help also.
> Yes, I'm glad that both of you have replied now :-)
>> I did work on SDC before I went on holiday. I haven't looked at it since I came
>> back, but I believe it was usable. I ripped out all the unused code, and it now
>> simply copies the image to the USB device, which should make it reliable and
>> able to work with all the different flavours.
>> I'll try and get it packaged in a PPA early next week if anyone wants to test it.
> Yes, I want to test it, just tell me when it is ready for testing, and I
> hope several other people will test it too.
>>>> Can we decide to make the SDC reliable by removing its ability to create
>>>> persistent live drives?
>>>> 1. As a temporary solution to make it work again
>> I think this is the best solution for now, and if everyone is in agreement, I
>> think I'll ask that it gets uploaded to Xenial.
> +1
>>>> 2. In the long perspective
>>>> 2.1. Should persistence be added afterwards, when a reliable method is
>>>> found (for example the method, that was developed by Andre Rodovalho and
>>>> modified by me in mkusb)?
>>>> 2.2. Or is it enough that the SDC is creating 'live-only' pendrives?
>>>> Users who want persistent live pendrives, can be adviced to use one of
>>>> the available alternatives (but they will not be included in Ubuntu).
>>> I think I'm in this camp. Keep the default as simple as possible. More advanced
>>> usage can advocate other tools. And there's no reason they can be packaged in
>>> the ubuntu archives so they are easy to get.
>> I think recommending an alternative such as mkusb is probably the best solution
>> too, but I don't have any objection if someone wants to add a persistence mode
>> back in SDC...perhaps as a non-default option (maybe even requiring it to be
>> launched with a command line option for it to show up in the GUI...).
>> Marc.
> I'm open for both of these alternatives (with and without persistence).
> I have tried to get people's opinion about it at the Ubuntu Forums, but
> there are not many replies or votes, and there is no overwhelming
> indication in either direction. (But most votes and replies indicate
> that *something* must be done with the SDC to make it work in a reliable
> way.)
> Maybe there will be more opinion, when your version of the SDC is
> uploaded to the repo, Marc. In that case we can help deciding what to do
> and maybe help doing it.
> -o-
> One thing we have not yet discussed is re-using the pendrive. It is more
> difficult to re-use a pendrive after an iso file is cloned to it,
> because there is an ISO 9660 file system, which is read-only.
> There are wiping options in mkusb version 10.3. I think one of them
> should be added to the SDC, the standard one, that wipes the first
> mibibyte and creates an MSDOS partition table and a FAT32 partition.
I would say this too would be "advanced" usage, and for simplicity and 
robustness sake, it shouldn't be in SDC. I'm glad to hear mkusb has 
those options so alternatives exist. I don't want to stray too far off 
topic, but I think it would be useful to get mkusb in the archives. I'm 
not sure where the project or source code lives, but consider getting it 
accepted into debian / ubuntu so it will be a part of the next LTS.


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