Jul 5, 2010

Long Time, No Blog!

A lot has happened in the world and nothing has happened on this blog, so I decided to interview myself to clear up what’s been going on and explain a little about myself. Here we go…

Why don’t I see your contributions to Ubuntu anymore?
I’m glad you asked that question ;-) Basically, there are two reasons. The main reason is that, real life work, that pays bills, takes up most of my time at the moment. I just don’t have the same amount of time to spend in front of the computer as I have had in the past. But the time I do have, I spend on reading about all the amazing stuff that is happening around Linux.

The second reason is that I am/was mostly involved with artwork and design stuff, which is done by the Canonical design team these days. The design team consists of 15 highly talented people with some incredible skills. Much of the work that emerges from the design team is created internally behind closed doors and I can fully understand that. Decisions are made by professional and informed people whose sole aim is making Ubuntu great. However, I feel that that model clashes with the way I’d like to contribute to Ubuntu. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that you shouldn’t contribute to artwork, design and user-experience just because there’s a dedicated team for that, but for me personally, together with the reason I mentioned earlier, I don’t have that burning obsession of making Ubuntu better anymore – I’ve left it to the pros.

Why did you contribute to Ubuntu in the first place?
When I started to contribute to Ubuntu, I did so because it was (and still is) an amazing project. When I read about Ubuntu, Linux and how Mark Shuttleworth fits into the story, a ‘I want to give something back to this wonderful project’ fire was lit inside me.

How did you get involved?
My first Linux distribution, that stayed with me for more than a weekend, was Feisty Fawn aka Ubuntu 7.04. At first I was only a user, but as the ‘must give something back’ fire got hotter, I began to look for things I felt that needed to be improved. If I was able to create some superior myself, I would share my thoughts with the world and try to push things to the right people. Like the Ubiquity slideshow that actually landed in Ubuntu 9.10, where I basically emailed Dylan McCall a better suggestion.

Which areas did you contribute to?
Working with graphics on the computer is something I’ve been doing amateurish for many many years. With the easiest place to start for anyone at any level being wallpapers, I set out to make peoples desktops brown and pretty. In March 2008 I had my blog up and running, and it was an obvious place to share my work.

Since I have a master’s degree in music, I figured I could spread some love to that part of the free software community too. This was a more difficult task then I thought and it never lead to anything I was fully satisfied with
I also got involved with the boot experience, countdown banners, release party posters, flyers, brochures, DVD covers and so many others areas that you can expect me to list them all here. If you’re interested I’ll post a link to my portfolio below or you can try to search my blog.

Is your blog dead?
As I mentioned above my time in front of the computer is limited, so I have decided to only blog about my own work and not everything slightly related to Ubuntu that I come across. This means that since I’m not working on anything, I’ve got nothing to blog about. There's still topics I want to blog about. These days I get my Ubuntu related news mostly from OMG! Ubuntu! and you should too.

Is there a place where I can see all your Ubuntu related work?
Yes, I have a portfolio at Behance (http://www.behance.net/madsrh123 ) or my blog (which is this blog) or if that fails, Google is your friend.

Is there anything you would like to add?
I’ve written a lot of this post in past tense, but I want to emphasize that I do still contribute, use, love and endorse free and open-source software. I've not yet fallen of this earth or gone into space, so feel free to write a few words or perhaps a question below - who knows when I'll be blogging again.
Thanks for the excellent questions ;-)


//MadsRH

Apr 14, 2010

OMG! UBUNTU! PODCAST LAUNCHING NEXT WEEK

I've talked about podcasts before and today I came across some great news for podcast fans. Everybody's favorite Ubuntu blog OMG! Ubuntu is launching a podcast next Tuesday. I'm really looking forward to this new project.

Source: http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2010/04/omg-ubuntu-podcast-launching-next-week.html

Lightworks Video Editor Going Open-Source

While there have been video editors on Linux like Cinelerra and Kino for some length of time, and more recently there have been new open-source projects that aim to better non-linear video editing on Linux like OpenShot and PiTiVi, up to this point it's been an area just like gaming: the Linux solutions haven't been great compared to other platforms. However, there's a lot more potential for that to change now that a professional video editor for Linux is being open-sourced.

LightWorks is a software product currently owned by EditShare that has won scientific and technical Academy Awards and Emmy Awards, has been used to produce a number of popular films, and has many other "wins", is being open-sourced. Work on the LightsWorks software was started over two decades ago, but only recently was it acquired by EditShare, and they now find it in their interest to open-source this code. Shutter Island, Centurion, and Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy are among the films that have been edited using Lightworks.

Lightworks Open Source as its known is expected to be released in the third quarter of this year as a free download. It's a pity that the code cannot be immediately accessed, but you can sign up to stay informed on the process. Hopefully this means the soon-to-be-open-sourced code is currently undergoing some revitalization and being brought into a state where it's more likely to succeed as a free software project with documentation, a clean build process, etc.

As was said in their press release announcing this open-source endeavor, "EditShare is completely committed to turning out a superior professional editor through the Lightworks Open Source program. We are increasing our development and support staff, and all contributed code will be thoroughly managed by our distinguished Lightworks team, ensuring the reliability of the new Lightworks Open Source editor."



Source: www.phoronix.com

Apr 8, 2010

Ubuntu Claims 12 Million Users as Lucid Linux Desktop Nears

Sean Michael Kerner writes:

Ubuntu is gearing up for the debut of its latest release with Ubuntu 10.04, codenamed "the Lucid Lynx" and scheduled for general availability at the end of the month. It's a release that offers multiple new features on the desktop and a new look to Ubuntu Linux.
The Lucid release could also help to further accelerate adoption of Ubuntu, which has been growing over the last several years. In 2008, Canonical, the lead commercial sponsor behind Ubuntu, pegged the number of Ubuntu users at 8 million. It's a figure that could have increased by as much as 50 percent or more since then, insiders say.


<i>Ubuntu One Music Store</i>
Ubuntu One Music Store

"We have no phone home or registration process, so it's always a guesstimate. But based on the same methodology that we came up with for the 2008 number, our present belief is that it's somewhere north of 12 million users at the moment," Chris Kenyon, vice president for OEM at Canonical, told InternetNews.com
In contrast, as of March 29, Red Hat's Fedora Linux was reporting usage of its Linux distribution at approximately 24 million installations.



Source: 
http://www.linuxplanet.com/linuxplanet/reports/7032/1/

Apr 2, 2010

Ubuntu 10.10 - Maverick Meerkat

Mark Shuttleworth has just announced the mascot name for Ubuntu 10.10 - Maverick Meerkat.

Mark writes:
Our mascot for 10.10 is the Maverick Meerkat.

This is a time of change, and we’re not afraid to surprise people with a bold move if the opportunity for dramatic improvement presents itself. We want to put Ubuntu and free software on every single consumer PC that ships from a major manufacturer, the ultimate maverick move. We will deliver on time, but we have huge scope for innovation in what we deliver this cycle. Once we have released the LTS we have plenty of room to shake things up a little. Let’s hear the best ideas, gather the best talent, and be a little radical in how we approach the next two year major cycle.

Meerkats are, of course, light, fast and social – everything we want in a Perfect 10. We’re booting really fast these days, but the final push remains. Changes in the toolchain may make us even faster for every application. We’re Social from the Start, but we could get even more tightly connected, and we could bring social features into even more applications. Meerkats are family-oriented, and we aspire to having Ubuntu being the safe and efficient solution for all the family netbooks. They are also clever – meerkats teach one another new skills. And that’s what makes this such a great community.
Meerkats - like Ubuntu they are light, fast and social.

Read the entire post here: http://www.markshuttleworth.com/archives/336

Mar 31, 2010

All About Ureadahead

I haven't been blogging for a while, but today I came across something I thought I had to share with you. You might have heard about Scott James Remnant, the Ubuntu developer behind Upstart and Ureadahead, but probably most famous for promising a 10 second goal for boot time in Ubuntu 10.04.

Scott recently posted a very informative post about Ureadahead and other boot related things on the forums. A recommended reading for sure!

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1434502

Mar 16, 2010

Countdown Banners For Ubuntu 10.04



As usual Matthew Nuzum, the Ubuntu webmaster, has called out for help in creating a beautiful countdown banner for Ubuntu 10.04.

Unlike previous times the banner will not be launching with the beta release. There are two betas this period and the team is aiming at releasing the countdown in between the two. The material from the newly announced Ubuntu Branding will give the artists new opportunities in the form of a new color scheme, new logo and new font.

There's already a few submitions on the wiki. Have you submitted your suggestion?



More info:
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Website/LucidCountdownBanners

https://lists.canonical.com/archives/ubuntu-website/2010-March/000853.html

Mar 15, 2010

6 Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx Wallpapers

Ubuntu root have found six beautiful alternatives to default wallpaper for Ubuntu 10.04. All the wallpapers can be found on deviantart


Ubuntu 10.04 wallpaper pack

Purple sensation


Blue Warty

Lucid redesigned black & white ver.

Lucid 

Mar 11, 2010

Ubiquity Slideshow Get New Design

The folks at Canonical's design team have been working on a new design for Ubuntu's installer slideshow that matches with the new branding. This means that the design I created for Ubuntu 9.10 will be dropped. The kickass community contributer Dylan McCall who maintains the Ubiquity slideshow (also behind Day of Ubuntu as I've mentioned earlier) has already implemented most of the code for the new design. The reason I say most of the code, is because of a few technical impossibilities in the mockup created by the Canonical design team.
You can see the current progress here: http://people.ubuntu.com/~dylanmccall/ubiquity-slideshow-ubuntu/redesign-lucid/ubuntu-transitions/slides/index.html




It makes perfect sense to change the design to fit the new branding, but at the moment it still needs some work in my opinion. Of course I'm sad to see my work being dropped, but hopefully it will live on in other distributions. I'm sure when it all comes together the new design will look amazing.


Read more: http://dylanmccall.blogspot.com/2010/03/new-stuff-for-ubiquity-slideshow.html

Mar 5, 2010

Nautilus + Zeitgeist


So a couple of days ago Seif Lotfy promised a Nautilus + Zeitgeist hack. You might remember seeing this mockup Ian Cylkowski's blogpost Deconstructing Nautilus and rebuilding it better
That has now become a reality. So far it is just a proof of concept, over the next week more work will be done to make things really shiny. Read Randal B's blog for more info.



Very cool indeed!

Mar 4, 2010

Ubuntu 10.04 Has A New Default Background

The default wallpaper for Ubuntu 10.04 has been selected. Actually, we already saw the new background yesterday when the new artwork and design directions was announced. The screenshots from wiki.ubuntu.com/Brand was using, what today landed as the new default wallpaper.


The default wallpaper for Ubuntu 10.04

As much as I love the new color-scheme, I can't help feeling that the purple/lavender color belongs to Apple. The face that every member of the design team is using a MAC as their primary laptop, might have something to do with that.

Besides the new wallpaper, the new boot splash artwork also landed today - awesome!

Mar 3, 2010

Ubuntu's New Look - No More Brown!

Finally it happened! Ubuntu now has a brand new look and feel. New LogoGktTheme, Webdesign, Boot splash and so much more. The community logos (Ubuntu QA, Brainstorm, UbuntuForums, SpreadUbuntu and Xubuntu) have also received an update. The new color-scheme is a dark purple or brownish-purple color that resembles the color of the outer skin of a European eggplant - Aubergine! (As Alan Pope points out). Pure awesomeness! Check it out:

The new light GktTheme


The new boot screen. Notice the new font that has replace the Ubuntu Title font?

The new Ubuntu 10.04 CD cover


Source:
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Brand
http://fridge.ubuntu.com/

Mar 2, 2010

Ubuntu Tweak 0.5.2 Released

The always awesome application for tweaking Ubuntu (hench the name) has been released in version 0.5.2. Though no new features is introduced in this release, Ubuntu Tweak 0.5.2 brings a huge amount of fixes and adds highlight support for the new items in Application Center and Source Center. Together with the new beautiful website, Ubuntu Tweak now looks like a truly professional product and provides an awesome user experience.



Read more: Ubuntu-Tweak.com!

Feb 28, 2010

Gnome 3 Usability Hackfest

Last week Canonical hosted the GNOME Usability Hackfest in London. Some interesting research was done and there's a lot of awesome improvements coming to the "Control Center”, Nautilus and Gnome 3. I hope Ruben Vermeersch's wish for a yearly GNOME Usability Hackfest will come true. I won't try to summarize everything that happened, but I will encourage you to read the blogpost I've linked to below. If you want the summarized version ArsTechnic has a nice article titled "Task Pooper" could revolutionize GNOME desktop".

Thomas Wood: Usability Hackfest London


Seth Nickell: Early peak into Gnome 3’s potential


Máirín Duffy: Adding Chapters to Totem


















Not really related to the Hackfest, but related in the sense of improving the user interface of the Nautilus file manager.

Feb 26, 2010

Ubuntu One Music Store FAQ


I'm sure you already know that there's a new music store coming soon to Ubuntu 10.04. A lot of people have already written about what we can expect. Now Stuart Langridge has created a wiki page which will answer many of the frequently asked questions relating the new music store. At first I didn't want to duplicate the effort from other Ubuntu bloggers who already wrote about this. But for the few people who do not follow amazing blogs such as OMG!Ubuntu or Popey, I had to make sure they will get their questions answered too.


Q: What will be the store's name?
The store is called the Ubuntu One Music Store.

Q: How is Ubuntu getting access to popular music?
For the Ubuntu One Music Store, our primary goals are to 1) provide a wide selection of popular songs to users and 2) enable Ubuntu users around the world to have access to these songs. Among the partners evaluated, we chose 7digital because they had the largest selection of songs available without digital rights management (DRM) for the most regions around the world.

Q: What desktop application will include the Ubuntu One Music Store?
The standard Ubuntu music player, Rhythmbox, will be used for the music store. We know that people still want choice in their music player application so The Ubuntu One Music Store was developed as a plug-in that can be re-used in some other music applications. We have received approval from the music labels for the Ubuntu One Music Store to be embedded within Banshee, Amarok, and a few other applications. Please contact the Ubuntu One Music Store team for information about this process and implementation support.

Q: How is this different than Jamendo and Magnatune?
Jamendo and Magnature will remain in the Rhythmbox music player. These are both great sources for creative commons and open licensed songs. The Ubuntu One Music Store extends the catalog of music available to Ubuntu users and will include mostly songs from minor and major label artists. These are songs that you typically find on the shelves of your favorite record shop...except in a downloadable format.

Q: What are the details about the music in the Ubuntu One Music Store?
Songs purchased through the Ubuntu One Music Store are available in high quality 256 kbps (sometimes higher) MP3 audio encoding and without digital rights management (DRM). MP3 purchases can be:
  • burned to a CD any number of times
  • played through any software on any type of computer that you own that supports MP3
  • synced to any MP3-enabled device such as a portable music player
You may occasionally find songs in WMA format. We're working with our partner to remove these songs from the Ubuntu One Music Store. Until this is resolved, we don't recommend purchasing these songs in this format. An MP3 version can typically be found by using the store's search feature.
Some have asked for songs in other formats such as Ogg Vorbis or FLAC. Acquiring popular songs in this format was not possible at this time, but Canonical will continue to look for future opportunities to improve the quality of the songs found in the Ubuntu One Music Store.

Q: What are the 'system requirements'?
If your computer can run Ubuntu 10.04, has Rhythmbox installed, can play sounds and connect to the Internet, then you are ready to use the Ubuntu One Music Store.

Q: Will these downloads play on my iPod or portable media player?
The MP3 format is widely supported on portable media players such as the iPod. Rhythmbox works with most portable media players without additional configuration and a Rhythmbox plug-in (libgpod) is available that provides support for most iPods.

Q: What are the features of the Ubuntu One Music Store?
The Ubuntu One Music Store has features that users expect from an online store.
  • Search by artist, album, or track
  • Browse recommendations and genres
  • Discover new releases or just released songs each week
  • A convenient shopping basket
  • Support for a variety of payment options
Q: How is the store related to Ubuntu One?
An Ubuntu One account is required to purchase songs from the Ubuntu One Music Store. Ubuntu One accounts are free and come with 2 GB of personal cloud storage. Purchased songs are automatically transferred to your cloud storage, synchronized to all of your computers, and added to Rhythmbox. Customers will find a new library that contains purchases from the Ubuntu One Music Store. You can also fetch your music from your personal cloud storage through a web browser, just like all your other files.
Integrating the Ubuntu One Music Store with Ubuntu One gives consumers the security of online backup as well as convenience of auto-synchronization.
Please note that Ubuntu One synchronization does not support users who connect to the Internet through a proxy server. These users will need to download their purchases from the Ubuntu One website and manually add songs to their Rhythmbox library.

Q: What does it mean by x downloads remaining?
The Ubuntu One Music Store's partnership with the music labels limits the number of times customers can download a purchased song from the music store to three (3). While this gives people some security in case of catastrophe, additional downloads should not be necessary as purchases are backed-up in the customers's Ubuntu One personal cloud. The initial transfer from the music store to a customer's Ubuntu One personal cloud will count as one (1) download. Any synchronization of purchased songs stored in your Ubuntu One personal cloud to any number of your computers does not count against the music store's download limit. Clicking to download again will transfer songs to your Ubuntu One personal cloud again and will deduct from the downloads remaining. Customers shouldn't need to do this though unless they delete the song from their cloud storage.

Q: What regions of the world will be able to purchase songs?
Most popular songs are licensed by territory (basically by country). Our starting territories will be the UK, US, Germany, the EU, and the Rest of World. Customers who use the EU store (users not located in the UK or Germany) will have access to purchase songs from two of the four major labels. Customers who use the Rest of World store will have access to purchase songs from independent labels.
Canonical will analyze usage of the EU and Rest of World stores after the 10.04 launch to decide which territories would be best for expansion. Watch the Ubuntu One blog in the months following the launch of Ubuntu 10.04 for more information.

Q: How do independent artists from the Ubuntu community get their songs into the store?
The Ubuntu One Music Store has great potential for the Ubuntu community and we want members to be able to contribute their own works (especially if it was produced on Ubuntu) to the store. Our partner, 7digital, works with various digital distribution companies that represent artists. Here are a few that you can contact to get your songs added to the 7digital catalog and the Ubuntu One Music Store.
Q: I've found a bug. I have a great feature. What do I do?
Please submit bugs and feature requests to the Ubuntu One Music Store project in Launchpad. The development team monitors this area and reads all messages.

Q: Where do I get help?
Customer support is available by clicking on the Help button in the Ubuntu One Music Store.

Q: How can I install and test the store?
The store isn't quite ready for wider testing. Watch this area or the Ubuntu One blog for more details coming soon.


Source: http://popey.com/blog/

Release Schedule - In Russian

Thanks to AgafonovDmitry there's now a Russian version of my Ubuntu Release Schedule Introductory. As I mentioned earlierI hope people will create YouTube subtitles - although I haven't received any yet. In case you want to add a voiceover in another language here's the .OGV source (30MB): http://dl.dropbox.com/u/175241/THIS_IS_THE_ONE.ogv


Feb 25, 2010

Banshee 1.5.4 Released

Banshee 1.5.4 has been released, with several new features and 40 bug fixes since 1.5.3. This is a BETA release and the fifth release in preparation for the 1.6 milestone release, which is scheduled at the end of March.


New Features

Opt-In Usage Data Collection

screenshot showing opt-in to usage data collection checkbox in Preferences

Under Preferences, you can choose to "Improve Banshee by sending anonymous usage data" back to the Banshee developers. This collects information on what version you're running, what OS, library size, slow SQL queries, and a whitelisted subset of your preferences. This information will help us choose better defaults and see what parts of Banshee are used most and can be improved. All collected data is anonymous!

Default Equalizer Presets

screenshot showing equalizer presets

Banshee now ships with several equalizer presets, and the core of the equalizer management has seen much internal improvement.

Banshee Community Extensions

screenshot showing Extensions tab of Preferences, showing all the Banshee Community Extensions

A new sub-project named Banshee Community Extensions has been created. Its code is hosted on Gitorious, and its bugs tracked alongside Banshee's. It already contains 9 extensions, including Alarm Clock, Lyrics, and Mirage, and has 15 maintainers. Its releases track Banshee's.

Extensible Shuffle Modes

screenshot showing shuffle by similar playback option

Extensions can now add new shuffle modes and PlayQueue fill-by modes. The Mirage extension is the first to take advantage of this, adding a Shuffle/Fill-by Similar mode based on acoustical analysis.

screenshot showing Play Queue Auto DJ fill by similar option

Other Enhancements

  • Wikipedia context pane extension enabled by default
  • Add support for Nokia N900 phones
  • Add tooltip to playback error column
  • On close Internet Archive item, return to Search
  • Notify user if trying to sync missing file to DAP
  • Popup explanation of manual playlist ordering when appropriate
  • Simplify the default set of columns in Podcasts
  • Enable 'Delete From Drive' action in File System Queue
  • Make debuggable from within MonoDevelop
  • Coverart for unicode artist/albums now supported
  • Dropped glade-sharp dep; GNOME 3.0 ready
  • Add columns showing track sample rate and bits per sample
  • Option to sort an artist's albums by year, not title
  • If starting Banshee hidden (--hide), up to half a second of startup time is saved; this is particularly useful in Moblin
More Information
As always, check the release notes for more detailed information, screenshots, and download links. Thanks to everybody who made this release happen!

Source: http://banshee-project.org/download/archives/1.5.4/

Feb 24, 2010

Spotting Visual Inconsistencies

It isn't that often that Hylke Bons writes a blog post, but whenever he does, I always find he's posts to be very interesting. In Hylkes lates post, On GNOME and Elegance, he writes about how small things can help make the GNOME desktop elegant. As he says, elegance in interfaces doesn’t come from funky graphics and pretty widget themes. It comes down to how your interface is laid out. Hylkes gives some pretty obvious, but good to know examples and encourages everyone to report bugs if you come across any visual inconsistencies. Certainly a must read!

I love the fact that there's so much focus on artwork, UI Design and Usability for the linux desktop.

Source: On GNOME and Elegance

Feb 22, 2010

Mark Shuttleworth at PyCon: Cadence, Quality and Design

As you might know I love to hear Mark Shuttleworth speak. It's always so inspiring and he's always so positive. Below is an interview with Mark by The Bit Source from PyCon.

Mark Shuttleworth and Antonio Rodriguez are to be the keynote speakers at PyCon 2010, the world's largest conference of the Python programming community. Over 1,000 Python programmers are gathering now at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Atlanta for eight days of intensive education, cooperation, and networking.


More Information about Shuttleworth’s keynote: http://us.pycon.org/2010/conference/schedule/event/122/

My Artwork Landing A Ubuntu 10.04

As I mentioned earlier, I've been working with Scott Ritchie to create a "branding-ubuntu" package. During the Lucid cycle Scott have been working on getting the artwork into the actual Ubuntu 10.04 release (rather than just a separate package). If you play Mahjongg or Klondike (also known as Solitaire and Aisleriot) in Ubuntu 10.04, you will notice the new artwork. See the screenshot below:

A blurry screenshot from Ubuntu 10.04

It's very easy to spot the new "table" background and the new card back artwork in Klondike, but in Mahjongg the change is much more discreet. I've added red circle around the changed tile.

In the Karmic cycle my artwork for the Ubiquity Slideshow landed and it's truly a great feeling when something actually makes it into the release.

Related links:
Mocking Up Aisleriot
Random artwork...
PPA for the “branding-ubuntu” package

Feb 20, 2010

Edubuntu 10.04 Wallpaper

A few days ago Stephane Graber posted a screenshot of the current Edubuntu desktop and I was very pleased to see that one of my wallpaper suggestion is being used.

UPDATE:  I sincerely apologize for not adding the well deserved credit for the original photo to marxicoli.

Edubuntu desktop - daily build Feb 17, 2010

The screenshot also shows the new Edubuntu Menu Editor.

No Human Theme In Ubuntu 10.04?

In an interview recorded on February 19 2010, Mark Shuttleworth revealed that a new light theme will replace the Human theme in Ubuntu 10.04. The Human theme has been the default theme in Ubuntu since the first release.

In the interview Mark says:
...we'll have some new styling which is going to be the starting point of another five year view. We've been Human for the last five years and now we're gonna be light oriented.
I'm sure Mark is referring to something like the Elementary theme, which has been a hot topic these last few months.
Some people think that interpreting "some new styling" being "the starting point of another five year view" as an entire new GTK / Metacity theme redesign might be a bit of a stretch. As 23meg from the Ubuntuforums.org points out, it can be interpreted as only the starting pieces of a new five-year outlook landing in Lucid as well.
During the Ask Mark session at Ubuntu OpenWeek, Mark was asked about the artwork for Lucid. Back then he replied:
New window decorations, some new icons for the panel indicators, some new styling on boot and login, no new gtk theme.
I must admit, I'm really in doubt about what to expect in Lucid. There are no artwork drops secduled for this release, but the User Interface Freeze is just around the corner, so we'll soon know what Lucid Lynx will look like.

Feb 19, 2010

Return Of The Linux Action Show

Bryan Lunduke, the Co-Host of audio and video shows at Jupiter Broadcasting, have revealed a secret that was (as he puts it) burning a hole in his… secret pocket!
On his blog, Bryan writes:
The Linux Action Show, the alpha and omega of Linux podcasts, is back.

This Saturday (February 20th) at 5pm (Pacific Standard Time) we will be recording the first episode of Season 11 of the Linux Action Show and, of course, the whole thing will be streamed live (in full video glory) over at Jupiterbroadcasting.com/live.

And, starting with Season 11, the Linux Action Show is going to a weekly schedule. That’s right. A brand-spanking-new episode, packed with Linux-y goodness, each and every week!
Will we talk about Windows Phone Series 7 Phone Windows Series Windows Phone 7 Phone? No.
Will we talk about Apple’s latest round of sticking an “i” in front of a word? No.
Will we talk about Maemo/Moblin/MeeGo, open source NVidia drivers with 3D acceleration and the latest Linux Distro releases? Oh hells yes.

So, this Saturday, head over to JupiterBroadcasting.com/live and join in the live chat while we record the return of the best freaking show about Linux to ever grace this fine planet of ours.
I have nothing against The Computer Action Show, but this announcement is a really nice surprise. I'm very much looking forward to it's return with their 11th season after over 7 months off the air.

Feb 17, 2010

Totem Arte+7 Plugin



Users from France, Germany, Belgium, Austria and Switzerland can benefit from Simon Wenner's work on the Arte+7 Plugin for Totem. The plugin allows you to watch the streams listed on plus7.arte.tv with Totem.

You can download the stable totem-plugin-arte-0.8.tar.gz or pull it from gitorious.org/totem-plugin-arte. There's also an Ubuntu package in Nicolas' PPA for those of you who are too lazy to compile it. It would be nice if someone from a country not supported by the Arte streaming service, could test the plugin too, to check if it behaves reasonable in such a situation.

OpenOffice Isn't Good Enough For Roskilde

When I blogged about Danish schoolchildren that complained about OpenOffice I revived a lot of feedback and a lot of comments on the topic. Now there's more bad/sad news for OpenOffice in Denmark.

After testing OpenOffice for about six months, the IT manager at Roskilde municipality has now chosen to abandon it and return to Microsoft Office 2007.
The reason is, according to the Danish news site Version2, that teachers, pupils and parents have experienced major problems in the application of OOo. It is especially compatibility and conversion problems, but also the speed of the program was not found satisfactory.
Another criticism, especially from students, is the difference in how Microsoft Office 2007 and OpenOffice.org is used. Students are accustomed to using Office 2007 and find it inconvenient and a nuisance to convert to OOo.
The IT manager in Roskilde municipality, Ole Bech says that in the light of the study they will continue to use Microsoft Office 2007. He does not deny that they will make another attempt with OpenOffice.org at a later time. Later this month he will be meeting with other municipalities who have experience with OOo, to exchange them.

Read more here...

HP Unveiles Android Touchscreen Smartbook

HP has unveiled its first smartbook, the Compaq Airlife 100. The device features a 10.1-inch touchscreen, (purportedly) a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, a 16GB SSD, Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity, an SD card slot, a webcam, a QWERTY keyboard around 92% the size of a standard laptop's, and it runs Android. HP says the system boots up instantly and it's good for up to 12 hours on single charge or 10 days on standby. It's nice to see that a lot of products will be shipping with Android in 2010, rather than jumping on the Windows 7 Starter Edition wagon. Pricing hasn't been revealed yet, but it will probably vary between providers and contract terms.