Well, this is my first post on OMG! Ubuntu! so allow me to introduce myself: I am Fuzz, aka Brian Thomason, and I work for Canonical managing the Partner Repository, Landscape testing, and most recently, “For Purchase” apps in the Ubuntu Software Center.

Many of you probably didn’t even notice the For Purchase apps being available as we try not to pimp closed source software, but I’m sure you’ve seen it by now due to Benjamin’s press whore campaign for the epic new game Volley Brawl. If you haven’t purchased it already, it’s worth the $2.99 as long as the sound card in your system doesn’t function properly.

However, I’m not here to talk about Volley Brawl. I’m here to kick off the first installment of Ubuntu Download of the Week where I will introduce you to a new hidden gem of an app or game each and every Monday that might just make your life a little bit more enjoyable, or at the very least, give you something to fiddle with while you’re trying to find the will to actually get the work week started.

This week I will be self-promoting the first app I am maintaining in Ubuntu Universe: TuxCards. TuxCards is a??hierarchical notebook for note and idea management, which simply put, is an application that helps you organize your notes, thoughts, ideas, todos, and even your errmmm, “photo collections” if you see fit.

Here’s a sneak peak:

TuxCards and OMG! - Oh my!
TuxCards and OMG! - Oh my!

TuxCards is quite minimalistic but does have features such as image insertion, encryption, and the ability to export your list to HTML.

Other than the icon which looks like it was designed for Windows 3.11, it’s a handy little app that I think you should give it try, so fire up Software Center in Natty and give it a go. If you aren’t running Natty already, then you should be ashamed of yourself. (I say this because I finally switched over last week).

If you have an app or game that you feel has gone largely unnoticed or unappreciated by the community, shoot me an email about it!

Until next week,


P.S. Another shameless self-promotion here: If you are in the Atlanta, GA area I’ll be co-hosting an Ubuntu Release Party this Thursday the 28th at the Georgia Tech School of Management. Add yourself to the evite if you can attend.

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