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New and improved way to review GitHub pull requests for snaps

Reviewing pull requests for snaps has been pretty terrible ever since snaps were introduced. There are a few very simple reasons: Building snaps locally in order to review is too much work. This is a fine place to start, but it doesn’t scale, especially if it takes any amount of time to build the snap in question (mine takes over an hour). Most CI engines use Docker. You can build snaps in docker with hacks and tweaks that sort of work sometimes, but it’s not a supported approach, and it’ll just randomly break next week....

September 16, 2023 · 11 min · Kyle
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Canonical joins the ROS 2 Technical Steering Committee

We at Canonical care deeply about robotics. We firmly believe that robots based on Linux are cheaper to develop, more flexible, more secure, and faster to market. One of the contributing factors to this being the case is the Robot Operating System (ROS). ROS is by far the most popular middleware for creating Linux-powered robots. It provides all sorts of open source tools and libraries and pre-made components that solve common problems encountered during robot development....

August 28, 2019 · 3 min · Kyle

A better way to review GitHub pull requests for snaps

I’ve had a very particular itch for a long time, now. Something I love about open source is that it empowers developers to scratch their own itches, and a while back I decided to do exactly that. We’ve used it in production on the Nextcloud snap for a few months with relatively few issues, so I think it’s time to open it up for wider use… in case you share my itch....

May 3, 2019 · 10 min · Kyle