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My three Weeks living with Ubuntu Touch

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When I was faced with wiping my Nexus 5 phone once again, I decided to install Ubuntu Touch. Here’s my experience after 3 weeks of it being my daily driver.

This is not the first time I had Ubuntu Touch on my phone: I tried it a few years ago using multi boot – but that doesn’t work any more on the Nexus 5, because the developer seems to have abandoned it. The Nexus 5 isn’t supported by Canonical directly either, so I had to get my installation from UBPorts, which is, as expected, beind in development from Canonical. Weiterlesen

Docker a nice tool for developers

Docker is the world leading software containerization platform. I tried using GitLab as versioncontrol system and Jenkings as continuos integration system but the system turned out as not completly useful.

In that way a colleague told me about a system he wants to create based on Docker.

What we want:

  • a git system under ouer control
  • a continuos integration that is flexible and customizable
  • every system available per SSL connection

Git Service -> GoGs – Go Git Service

It’s a simple self-hosted Git servise.

  • easy to install, cross-platform, lightweight and OpenSourse

It contains everything importent to develop something in collaboration.

https://gogs.io/

Continuos Integration -> drone

It’s a continuous integration platform build on container technology. Every build run will be triggerd by a push to a repository if it’s linked to drone.

  • flexible and customizable: by setting up a config file you tell drone what is to do

https://github.com/drone/drone

SSL -> NGINX as reverse proxy

It’s a fine powerfull tool and a nice reverse proxy. With it we are able to provide the GoGs and the drone to the internet more secure and with SSL encryted.

We will colleced the SSL/TLS certificates from a Let’s Encryt service.

https://www.nginx.com/ https://letsencrypt.org/

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How To Import VCF (VCard) in Ubuntu Touch

This sounds unbelievable, but is indeed true: You cannot import a .vcf file into Ubuntu Touch in 2016 – three and a half years after the first version of the OS was published!

This AskUbuntu thread is one of the only results – but it doesn’t work with .vcf files containing multiple contacts.

I botched together this little script, that splits up your VCard file and imports each contact into Ubuntu Touch.

You can run this using the Terminal App from the Ubuntu store / OpenStore or via adb shell from your computer. Connect your phone via USB and enable Developer Mode.

#!/bin/bash -e

# Ubuntu Touch import script for VCard Files, public domain.
# First parameter is file to be imported (e.g. `./import.sh my_contacts.vcf`)
CONTACTDB="Personal" # change this to Persönlich if device language is German

awk ' /BEGIN:VCARD/ { ++a; fn=sprintf("card_%02d.vcf", a); print "Writing: ", fn } { print $0 >> fn; } ' $1

for $VCARD in card_*
do
	echo "Importing: ${VCARD}"
	syncevolution --import ${VCARD} backend=evolution-contacts database=${CONTACTDB}
	rm ${VCARD}
done

You might have to change the variable $CONTACTDB to suit you language. The correct term can be found when clicking the gear icon in the Contacts app.

The awk command comes from this StackExchange thread – no copyright claimed.