Author Archives: Benjamin Humphrey

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The Evolution of the Personal Package Archive system

When the Personal Package Archive (PPA) system was brought out of beta in November 2007, it was heralded as a game changer for Free Software developers within the Ubuntu community and beyond. The PPA system was designed to make it easier for developers to get their software packaged and available to users for testing, thereby speeding up project development and delivering higher quality software. After nearly four years of PPAs, I thought I'd find out out whether the original objectives of the PPA system were still the primary focus - or had PPAs taken on a whole new role, filling a gap that's traditionally been a sore point for Ubuntu?

24 May 2011
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Steel Storm Episode 2 hits the Software Center, we go hands on with the top-down shooter

Steel Storm Episode 2: Burning Retribution hit the Ubuntu Software Center For Purchase section today and I gave it a bit of a whirl. The original Steel Storm game released last year by indie developers Kot-in-Action had positive reviews, with a distinguishable style, fun and familiar gameplay and lovely artwork and textures that made for a pleasant experience. So what's Episode 2 like?

12 May 2011
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HTML5 version of Angry Birds lets you play in Chrome on Ubuntu

The folks over at Rovio, creators of the now famous Angry Birds, have unleashed an HTML5 version of the popular game that's designed to run in Chrome (or Chromium!) on any operating system.

12 May 2011
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Volley Brawl update adds new characters, stages, changeable difficulty

The venerable Tommy and Bart from Sigmoid have updated Volley Brawl this week with new 7 new characters, user modifiable stages, changeable difficulty and a host of bug fixes.

4 May 2011
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[Poll] If we switched to Livefyre for comments…

We know that our comments section and the OMG! community is extremely active, you guys love having your say and voicing an opinion and there has been some completely awesome discussions take place in the comments down there.

3 May 2011

Introducing the OMG! Ubuntu! Android app

The official OMG! Ubuntu! Android app is here! Now you can get the latest Ubuntu news, tips, interviews, how-tos and more from your favourite Ubuntu site wherever you are on your Android phone.

1 May 2011
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When “Free” in Free Software doesn’t matter

The term Free Software can have a double meaning depending on your perspective. For many, like myself and most readers of this blog, Free Software means open source code. For most of the world however, Free Software means something completely different.

30 April 2011

Hey, where’d Ubuntu Gamer go?

In September last year we launched Ubuntu Gamer at ubuntugamer.com - the intention was to create an entirely new site in a similar vein to OMG! Ubuntu!, but dedicated purely to gaming on Ubuntu. The site went well for a few months until earlier this year, when due to a variety of reasons, a lot of the authors couldn't find the time to write articles and the news was well, simply not there.

30 April 2011
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Follow Ubuntu 11.04 reactions in our information Hub (update: back on)

Come Ubuntu release day, there's so much stuff happening it's often hard to keep track. There are new articles popping up on OMG! Ubuntu! throughout the day, reactions on Twitter and Identica, chat in the #ubuntu-release-party IRC channel and constant refreshes of www.ubuntu.com to see if the release is, in fact, released.

28 April 2011
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Chrome’s tabs integrated into Ubuntu’s panel? Yes, please!

OMG! Ubuntu! reader Cyrill sent us through a little mockup of what Ubuntu would look like with tabs inside the panel. He says "On my netbook's 10 inch screen, every single pixel is important. And as there is barely no global menu for Chromium (this changed apparently in Natty), i was wondering how it would look if tabs were using that free space."

28 April 2011
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[Video] How to change the size of the Unity launcher in Ubuntu 11.04

Changing the size of the icons in Ubuntu Natty's new launcher is actually pretty easy, but rather than explain it through text, we thought we'd make this short video. Video after the jump.

28 April 2011
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AMD ATI release Catalyst 11.4 driver

AMD have released a new version of their graphics driver Catalyst for Linux. The new version, 11.4, contains back-ported X.Org Server 1.10 support in order to function with Ubuntu 11.04, Fedora 15, Arch Linux, etc.

27 April 2011