What will happen when the Code Names of the Ubuntu releases get to Z [closed]


I'm trying to store highscores. Currently i'm just using savedpreferences and putting 5-6 numbers in an editor, committing, and continuing. there might be a more efficient method, which is why I elaborated on different possibilities above.

I assume you meant SharedPreferences. And yes, you're doing it the right way. Your high scores will be saved between app executions. And doing the same with SQLite would be way overkill.

The only way that data can be cleared by the user will be if he clicks on Clear the Data or if he clicks to Uninstall your application

However, neither uppdating the app itself, nor clicking on Clear the cache will do anything to the SharedPreferences, the user will have to press on that button "Clear the Data" if he wants that specific data to be cleared.

As to a more efficient method, it depends what you mean by that. What you're doing is what almost every developer would be doing. It's the simplest solution for the job that...

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The next release is as-yet unnamed

With Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak now very much out, attention will shortly turn to the next release, Ubuntu 17.04.

If tradition holds then the codename for the next release of Ubuntu will be named alliteratively with an adjective and an animal that begin with the letter ‘Z’.

Yes, Z.

But what on earth could it be?

Zealous? Zesty? Zippy? Zonal? Zany? Zygomatic?

Zebra? Zebu? Zorilla? Zebrafish? Zonkey? Zorse?

There’s only one person who can tell us, and that’s Mark Shuttleworth — who will surely be nose deep in a dictionary right about now.

While we wait for the official name to be revealed by Mssr Ubuntu I’d love to hear your educated (and not so educated) guesses in the comments below.

There’s no prize if you get it right (though you will get to sport some seriously smug self-satisfaction for the next 6 months).

Personally, I’d love ol’ Shuttlworth space-face to use the upcoming...

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The file descriptor 1 translates to the stdout FILE structure in the Kernel's Open Files Table.

This is a misunderstanding. The kernel's file table has nothing whatsoever to do with user-space file structures.

In any event, the kernel has two levels of indirection. There is the internal structure that represents the file itself, which is reference counted. There is an "open file description" that is reference counted. And then there is the file handle, which is not reference counted. The file structure points the way to the inode itself. The open file description contains things like the open mode and file pointer.

When you call close, you always close the file handle. When a file handle is closed, the reference count on its open file description is decremented. If it goes to zero, the open file description is also released and the reference count on the file itself is decremented. Only if that goes to zero is the kernel's file structure freed.

There is...

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Those who remember a time before Ubuntu will undoubtedly also remember that GNOME, although probably the second most popular desktop manager, didn't hold too much share of the Linux desktop market. KDE was king, and GNOME was a distant second. Then Ubuntu appeared and not only climbed its way to the top of the distribution game, but brought GNOME with it. Polls over the last few years have shown its use increasing to the point that it is oftentimes equalling or out-ranking KDE. But what will happen to GNOME now that Ubuntu 11.04 is going to ship with Unity?

There are two elements which will give us a clue. The first question to ask is, how much did Ubuntu developers contribute to GNOME development? The answer is not a significant amount. While a lot of discussion has been happening at Canonical about contributing upstream more, very little evidence exists that they have actually done it. Matthew Garrett points out that 91% of the code is contributed by Red Hat and they...

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You have a lot of questions there! Let's start at the beginning. You're not so much "updating Linux" as you are updating "redhat" or "ubuntu" or whatever - you're updating your distro, which is almost certainly a "GNU/Linux distro".

Linux itself - the kernel - is often setup as a package via whatever package manager your distro is using - so, indeed, sometimes when there are updates, they will be updates to your Linux kernel, but other times, there will simply be updates to some of the hundreds of other packages you have installed.

When your package manager does update the kernel packages, you'll usually see no effect from that until you reboot.

I say "usually" because there's an off chance, if you're a kernel developer or coding stuff that uses the kernel headers, that the changes made to the kernel-devel package(s) could impact your compiles/testing until you've rebooted onto the new kernel.

But, for most people, that won't be a concern. You're fine not to...

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How much market share does Linux have? According to these operating system usage stats, you’ll see that Linux crossed the 5% mark some time in late 2010 — and has been stuck there for about five years, only spiking to 5.9% once in June 2015 before settling back down.

This is not a good sign. Linux has undeniably improved over recent years 4 Promising Linux Distros To Look Forward To In 2015 , so why has it failed to grow? The inability to grab at least 1% in five years is troubling at best, and perhaps points to the fact that there are some serious underlying issues that need to be addressed.

Are these problems inherent to Linux’s design? Or can they be overcome with proper direction and collaboration? It’s hard to say, but let’s take a look and see what could go right.

Note: This article is in the context of desktops only. Linux is actually very popular in other areas like servers, mobile...

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I've relocated to Sunnyvale California. I would expect in the year 2016, In the technology center of the WORLD, I should be able to get gigabit Internet connection to my over priced apartment. Despite proudly proclaiming to be in the heart of Silicon Valley, This city is no better off with regards to connectivity than any other American metropolitan area.

A tangible out put from that experience was a way to organize a complex idea in to document that explains how to have cost effective communications competition to every home. Because this idea is seemingly too good to be true, There is an equal and opposite opposing force. Cost effective competition means no one company can ever benefit from a monopoly status. The logical follow on, is that no company will ever want to support this plan. In fact, the Incumbent will viciously fight this plan.

The local cable company here in silicon valley has really bad reviews. I signed up anyway. Same story, more bandwidth,...

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