Articles Filed Under Editorial

Does Ubuntu Need A Separate ‘eBook & Magazine’ Store?

Does the growing number of eBooks, PDFs and magazines on sale in the Ubuntu Software Center annoy you? I've recently begun to ask myself that question, and based on recent comments from readers I am not alone in doing so.

19 August 2012

ACTA Rejected by European Parliament, Now All But Dead

ACTA - the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement - was dealt a life-threatening blow by the elected representatives of European citizens today, as the European Parliament rejected the contentious treaty in a damning 478-to-39 vote.

4 July 2012

Firefox OS Powered Smartphones Launching Early Next Year

Mobile phones using Firefox OS will be available to buy early next year, Mozilla have today announced. Network carriers supporting the first batch of mobile phones in 2013 will include Sprint, Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, Smart, Telecom Italia, Telefónica and Telenor.

2 July 2012

Ubuntu 10.04 – 12.04 Upgrade – How Well Does it Go?

In the two-short years between Ubuntu 10.04 and 12.04 an entire groundswell has occurred on the Ubuntu desktop, and in the wider development landscape in general. So just well does a direct upgrade from Ubuntu 10.04 to Ubuntu 12.04 go?

26 April 2012

10 Things to Do After Installing Ubuntu 12.04

So you've downloaded it, you've installed it, and now you're about to use it. But before you dive on in to explore, be sure to take some time out to follow our bi-annual rundown of the best post-install tips and tricks.

26 April 2012
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Why I’d Love To See Pokki Come to Ubuntu

The weekend just past I fell in love with a desktop application - for Windows. The object of my affections? Pokki.

11 April 2012
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Why Tabs Must Die

We’re all familiar with tabbed UIs. They’re far too common to miss. But, as it often happens, “common” doesn’t mean “good idea”. Let’s take a look at what tabs are, why they were created, how […]

6 April 2012
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Tell Us How You Pronounce Ubuntu

To answer the question in the image above we’re not asking how it should be said but, literally, how you say it. So don’t think about how you think it should be said, or how […]

20 March 2012
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Ubuntu Design: Micro, Macro

Ubuntu Precise, the pixel perfect release is in beta with release on the horizon. It's been two long years since Lucid and we are really seeing the evidence of that time being well spent. But just how well?

1 March 2012
No Netflix on Ubuntu

Netflix: No plans to Support Linux

Back in July of last year after wrapping up at OSCON I shared a bit of information that brought some hope to the Linux community. While at the event I got a chance to speak with two engineers from Netflix […]

11 February 2012
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OMG! Ubuntu! Android App Broken

If you're one of the 14,000 or so marvellous mobile folks who use our Android app then you might be wondering where the hell we've gone. For almost a week now our dedicated Android app has not been loading new articles. Whilst we're figuring out of the cause of the issue (rather aptly it broke on SOPA strike day) we've pulled the app from the Android Market.

22 January 2012
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The Importance Of Anonymity On The Web

Jacob Appelbaum stands on stage at Linux.conf.au 2012 to deliver the final keynote on Friday morning, patiently waiting for his introduction from the conference organizer. In his hand he holds a smartphone, capturing a photograph of his audience which he later says he uploaded in case his phone is confiscated at the airport on his way back to the United States of America, of which he is ironically a citizen. However this isn't hyperbole - Appelbaum has been detained for questioning at borders many times, in fact so many times that he's "lost count." In July 2010, Appelbaum was detained at Newark airport where his bag was searched, receipts photocopied, laptop inspected, and his three cellphones taken never to be seen again. Jacob Appelbaum was detained not because he's a genuine terrorist suspect, nor because he was trying to smuggle drugs or Kinder Surprises into the USA. Appelbaum was detained because he's fighting for freedom and anonymity on the internet, a cause that's as important as ever in our current society, often overlooked by the media, and under appreciated by most internet users.

20 January 2012