IMHO the currently missing piece for UT as a daily driver Full Nextcloud integration is really the way to go.
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RE: CardDav (contacts) support
So qtcontacts-sqlite seems to have landed in a branch:
@mardy great to see some further progress on this. You think CardDAV might make it for OTA12?
RE: What do you think? Use only Lomiri as poweruser?
When I read your post I think that you want us (as a community) to bail because it's a long way until UT is polished and with many useful and fun apps. But I don't think that we should stop because that is something I want and many others too.
No, I don't want the community to bail. I like UT overall, although I like Lomiri more than some other parts.
But what I see is that this community is struggleing to maintain a lot of the stuff Canocial developed back then and which made sense for their buisiness case (taking a cut from the app-store sales like Google does). And a lot of this baggage from Canocial times does not only cause a maintainance burden (by now it is technical debt despite some nice things about it) but actively turns away new contributors. Yes some of those might be tinkerers and are not primarily thinking about the use of UT as a daily driver phone, but as with all healthy open-source communities there is always a mix of different motivations and the sum is larger than its individual parts...
Nice article for beginner Python development on UT
Seems like a nice start
Pyotherside will also work with qt quick controls 2?
New alpha of Lomiri on Manjaro just got released
Super interesting development as a lot of the things UT will need in the future (when finally based on 20.04+) can already be implemented and tested on Manjaro.
RE: Ubuntu Touch Q&A 89 Saturday 21st November At 19:00 UTC
Will qt 5.12 make it into OTA-15?
Have you thought about extending the open-store to include different "channels"?
So that devs could release beta versions for testing to users that opt in and also a "trusted" channel where only apps checked and compiled on trusted hardware are available (like the Fdroid store for Android)?
RE: Ubuntu Touch Q&A 88 This Saturday 7th November At 19:00 UTC
What are the thoughts about GSI? Do you think that could become the official way of supporting newer Android devices?
Also, in a previous Q&A Dalton mentioned some thoughts about modernizing Ubports push infrastructure or so. Is there anything ongoing regarding that? What about Webpush support in Morph?
RE: Ubuntu Touch Q&A 80 Saturday 18th July At 19:00 UTC
And another question:
With Lomiri being ported to Debian and the recent port to ManjaroARM (seem to run on the PinebookPro), is it even remotely realistic to decouple the application backend (click packages and media hub etc.) from core Ubuntu?
The background of the question is that potentially it might be possible to make what makes UT more independent of the Gnu/Linux base below, so that we might see a different backend instead(?) of the move to Ubuntu20.04?
IMHO if not only Lomiri but also the other stuff that makes UT would run on various distros, like for example snaps and flatpacks do, it would probably reduce the total maintenance burden (i.e. distribute it on more people) and allow faster development of the essentials of what makes UT a great mobile UI and app-ecosystem (as opposed to a full distro/OS).
RE: Ubuntu Touch Q&A 77 Saturday 6th Of June At 19:00 UTC
With the upcoming merge of the updated qtwebengine, anyone looking into website notifications and webpush for Morph and webapps?
RE: Ubuntu Touch PinePhone Pre Order Now
They don't claim it to be daily driver ready, just good enough for many uses.
I guess with the camera sort of working, that was the needed milestone?
The Ubuntu Touch image that will ship on the PinePhone will be highly functional, but not necessarily 'daily driver'ready - depending of course on your requirements. It will support all core phone functionality, such as outgoing and incoming voice calls, SMS texts and LTE. In addition, it will have GPS location and GPU hardware acceleration for the system and its apps. That said, some features - notably camera support, battery life conservation and USB Host [that means plug and play for perhipherals such as mice] will still be under active development at the time of shipping.
RE: Ubuntu Touch Q&A 70 Saturday 22nd February At 19:00 UTC
With the Pinephone potentially also supporting convergence through the display port, is this currently a bit neglected feature going to see more official support? Are there things that work better/differently with Libertine etc. on the Wayland based Pinephone in regards to convergence?
RE: Ubuntu Touch Q&A 64 Saturday 30th Of November At 19:00 UTC
GPU accelleration and webgl support in the browser and qtwebview is being worked on?
RE: Ubuntu Touch Q&A 63 This Saturday 16th Of November At 19:00 UTC
Have any thoughts been put into making a new companion cloud service, like the defunct ubuntu.one or the librem one service, preferrably based on Nextcloud?
Might be a nice way to collect donations for Ubports, i.e. offering this service at a price that also supports further development. There are non-profit projects like Disroot.org that could be a blue-print.
RE: Get Started On Your First Ubuntu Touch App
So these are tutorials to start a completely new app.
Any hints how to best start from an existing base? I am thinking about modifying the uDiaspora app to work with Hubzilla, but I am completely new to app development. Seems like it should be an easy start though
RE: I'd like explanations about the different types of port ?
The open store is managed by the UBports foundation so you can trust it to install your click packages.
This is not good advise. Anyone can upload apps to the open-store and the confined apps are only getting a very basic automatic check. As for the unconfined ones, yes they seem to get checked manually by foundation members, but they are also much more risky to install.
I don't want to spread FUD, and so far all apps I tried from the open-store seemed fine, but this kind of app distribution model is inherently untrustworthy (like the Playstore and the iOS appstore as well) and people should be cautious what apps they install from such a channel.
RE: What do you think? Use only Lomiri as poweruser?
@Keneda yeah, definitly. That is one way of seeing it, as I tried to explain already in my first post.
But it is an uphill battle, and maybe too amitious for a small community project like Ubports.
And then there is the fact that in the months since I joined this community and started developing some simple apps for it, I have seen a lot of people (with a traditional Linux background) come and go again for reasons that basically boil down to feeling unwelcome and constantly running into (what they perceive as) artificial limitations of the system.
I also had high hopes that the PinePhone would bring in more developers for UT. And while the final verdict is still out on that, my current gut feeling based on discussions around the PinePhone outside of this direct community is that because of the above reasons the vast majority (of the developers at least) prefer to use a more traditional Linux base and would rather port Lomiri to it than putting up with the uphill battle in UT.
That said, this isn't really a major problem if this community's majority of users and its current developers feels it is a tradeoff they are willing to make. But I wanted to raise this topic as I feel it is not being openly discussed and people fail to understand why UT isn't attracting nearly as many new users and developers as everyone would hope (of course under realistic assumptions, not claiming it could topple Android or such).
@Keneda Most other countries are used to non-localized keyboards and the difference isn't so big in many cases.
But when I had the missfortune of having to deal with an AZERTY keyboard as a work laptop, I got a nice QWERTY sticker-pack to glue on the keys. Maybe that is something to consider @PINE64 ? Testing a few sticker-packs and selling the best fitting one on the shop?