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!

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:

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.


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:

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:

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 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


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:!