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Nextcloud snap finds a new home

If you’re an avid reader of the blog (and come on, who isn’t?), you’ll know that I’ve been maintaining a snap for Nextcloud since Nextcloud came into existence. Originally, though, that snap wasn’t called “nextcloud”, it was called “nextcloud-kyrofa”. My original goal was that I would bootstrap the snap for them, and then they’d take it over when they were ready. I hosted the code as a personal project on GitHub....

September 3, 2021 · 4 min · Kyle
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How to build a snap using ROS 2 Foxy

The snapcraft CLI (the tool used to create snaps) has long had support for building snaps that use both ROS 1 and ROS 2. ROS 2 Foxy Fitzroy is the latest ROS 2 LTS, which runs on Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa). The snapcraft CLI recently gained experimental support for building Foxy snaps, so I wanted to walk you through doing exactly that with the goal of helping both of us: getting you familiar with this new feature, and at the same time getting some mileage on this so as to make it not experimental....

August 17, 2020 · 7 min · Kyle
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Four years of Nextcloud

I’m a few weeks late on celebrating Nextcloud’s four year anniversary, but I’m doing it anyway! My how time flies. I became a part of the ownCloud community back in 2012. Heck, you can still find blog posts about how I ran it on this very blog if you scroll down far enough. Then, in 2015, I saw the post about the Western Digital/ownCloud collaboration on what would eventually become the Nextcloud Box....

June 27, 2020 · 5 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