Author Archives: Benjamin Humphrey

We Interview Linus Olsson, Co-Founder Of Flattr Micropayments Service

Flattr is a social micropayment service that's taking the Internet by storm, offering users a novel way to donate money to content creators, who then benefit for their hard work. Users are able to pay a small amount every month and then click Flattr buttons on sites to share the money they paid among those sites, comparable to an Internet tip jar. To find out more about Flattr, we decided it'd be worthwhile interviewing one of the co-founders: Linus Olsson. Read on!

8 November 2011
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Unity’s Technical Lead Neil Patel Talks Plans For Ubuntu 12.04

After Oneiric's release last week I had the chance to sit down with Neil Patel, Unity's Technical Lead, to talk about how he felt the Oneiric cycle went and to get his thoughts on Precise Pangolin 12.04. Neil has been working for Canonical for a couple of years, and was previously heavily involved in the original Netbook Remix Launcher which was superseded by Unity originally in Ubuntu Netbook Edition 10.10. As the Technical Lead for Unity, he oversees a lot of the development on the new shell for Ubuntu. Neil is the guy you go to with your questions about the development of Unity, and that's exactly what we did when I sat down for an interview with him last week. Make the jump for the full interview.

21 October 2011
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Bruce Perens Announced As Linux.conf.au 2012 Keynote Speaker

The organizers behind Linux.conf.au 2012 - which is hosted in Ballarat, Australia in January next year - have announced the second keynote speaker as Bruce Perens. Perens released his first Free Software program, Electric Fence, in 1987. He is also creator of Busybox, which has spawned its own development community and is part of many consumer devices.

20 October 2011
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Open Source Radio Station Management Software Airtime Sees New Release

Airtime - an open source application designed to make radio station management easier - has seen a new release with .deb packages available for Ubuntu. The award-winning software has been bumped to version 1.9.4, and along with a host of bug fixes, now includes handy packages for your favourite Debian based distribution to make installation and updating easy. Powering stations like London’s Resonance FM, Senegal’s West Africa Democracy Radio and Canada’s NationTalk, Airtime platforms have been receiving industry acclaim including a Knight-Batten Award for Innovations in Journalism. Airtime is also a finalist in the Packt Open Source Multimedia Software Awards 2011 alongside Blender, GIMP and Inkscape.

3 October 2011
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The Ubuntu Manual Project Needs Your Help For Oneiric

The Ubuntu Manual Project founded at the start of 2010 aims to provide a feature-complete reference guide for new Ubuntu users, available in PDF format for free. Already successfully releasing versions for Ubuntu 10.04 and 10.10 in English and three other languages, the team has now set their sights on tackling the new Unity interface and completing the almost 200-page long book for Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot.

2 October 2011
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Ubuntu App Developer Portal Released, Wants To Help You Develop Apps For Ubuntu

After several months of work, the Ubuntu Developer Portal aims to help new developers get familiar with the technologies, frameworks and process for developing rich applications for the Ubuntu platform. It features help videos, links to resources, and instructions on how to get started, and for developers with an application already published in the Software Center, a dashboard for tracking downloads or sales, and allows information for the application (like the screenshot, description, name) to be altered.

27 September 2011
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Linux.conf.au 2012 Early Bird Registrations Open, First Keynote Speaker Announced

It's that time of year again. It didn't feel like long since I was reporting on Linux Conference Australia 2011 way back in January this year, where we interviewed the founder of Linux Linus Torvalds, an early Canonical employee and GNOME release manager Jeff Waugh, and covered everything from Linux-powered robots to liveblogging Google's Vice President Vint Cerf's opening keynote. Linux.conf.au is back again next year, hosted in Ballarat (just outside Melbourne, Australia) and once again at least one representative from OMG! Ubuntu! will make the trip to report on a weeks' worth of exciting Linux news, showcasing and project launches. Make the jump for more information, and detail on the first keynote speaker - GNOME's Executive Director Karen Sandler.

25 September 2011
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Website Hosting Linux Kernel Hacked: Don’t Worry, The World Isn’t Going To End

Kernel.org has been compromised by an intruder gaining root access to parts of their infrastructure which hosts the kernel source code. A number of servers have been accessed, apparently via compromised user credentials. The intruder installed several rootkits and monitored user activity. The intrusion went unnoticed for almost a month until the kernel.org staff discovered it on August 28th. The staff reassured the community in a blog post on kernel.org, stating that the actual repositories themselves are unaffected.

1 September 2011
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We’ve open sourced our Android app – Java developers, come and play!

Just a quick notification to let everyone know that we've open sourced our OMG! Ubuntu! android application. All you budding Java coders can head on over to Launchpad and play around with the code.

22 August 2011
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Ubuntu Desktop Manager Talks Aiming For Apple, Community Feedback, Unity Polish and More

I had a chance to sit down with Ubuntu's new Desktop Manager, Jason Warner. I met Jason at Linux.conf.au in Brisbane earlier this year and had a good chat about Unity, and the future of Ubuntu over a beer, but only just now got around to formally interviewing him for OMG! Ubuntu! As Desktop Manager, Jason oversees every release of Ubuntu, and the buck stops at him for quality control. We quizz him about his thoughts on Unity, Ubuntu's mass market appeal, and targeting Apple. Read on for the full interview.

3 August 2011
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Schizobird – An Ubuntu Twitter Client Optimized for Multiple Accounts

A new Twitter client by the name of 'Schizobird' has been under development by Ubuntu user and avid community-goer Conscious User, with the focus on rock solid multiple account support. The name Schizobird wasn't picked at random; instead it's an allusion to the mental illness schizophrenia, which is associated with multiple personality disorder. Schizobird is designed to handle multiple accounts gracefully.

24 July 2011
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Novacut Reaches Final Week for Funding

Novacut, the open source project aiming be the world's first collaborative video editor has reached its last week on crowd funding site Kickstarter - but they're still a long way off their goal of $25,000 in funding. As OMG! Ubuntu! editor Akshat Jain wrote earlier this month, "OS X and Windows users always had no shortage of pro video editors but Linux never had such privilege. Novacut project aims to bring a pro video editor to Linux that is 100% free and open source right down to every single detail."

24 July 2011