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The Ubuntu Mouse: Do You Own One?

Canonical sell an Ubuntu-branded optical mouse in their online store - and i've can't decide whether or not to get one. My need? I can't stand the trackpad on my netbook. At all. It's small, overly responsive in places and not enough in others.

4 November 2011
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Ubuntu’s 7th Birthday Today: Look Back At Where It All Began

How old do you think Ubuntu is? With 15 releases under its belt, and another on the way, you'd be forgiven for thinking it was a lot older than it actually is! But exactly 7 years ago today Mark Shuttleworth and his team of 'warm-hearted Warthogs' announced the first release of Ubuntu.

20 October 2011

The Lure of the Community Approach

Since the announce of the fundraising for The Debian Administrator's Handbook, many people commented on the project's approach. Just because it's a free software related project, there should be only one way to do it... let me debunk those claims!

5 October 2011
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Give ‘Well Wishes’, Get a Free Copy Of Time Travel Strategy Game ‘Achron’

I am back on OMG! Ubuntu! and to celebrate it is time for another game giveaway This time I have for you a brand spanking new copy of the Indie Realtime Strategy game Achron where time is your play thing... yes that is right, meta-time gaming and it runs on your Linux desktop.

28 September 2011
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The New Ubuntu Software Centre Icon: Is It really That Bad?

The new Ubuntu Software Centre icon present in Ubuntu 11.10 seems to have few fans - but is it really that bad?

2 September 2011
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O Hai Engadget!

Hands up if you're an avid reader of technology blog Engadget? Me too. Turns out some of their staff are also avid readers of OMG!, as this photo from a recent article shows...

18 August 2011
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Have You Seen ‘Ubuntu’ In Public?

When reader Fabio Bier mailed in a photo of this familiar looking emblem atop a drain/man hole cover (spotted in Seville, Spain, fact fans) it got me thinking: does the 'Ubuntu' logo ever crop up in urban landscapes?

14 August 2011

Linux Q&A ; Why I Play for Both Teams

Recently a number of you in the OMG! Ubuntu community have been wondering about my "Ubuntu is Easy" videos, and why I have chosen to create a series of what seem like extremely simple tutorials. A few of you have wondered if they're even necessary. A few more think that I shouldn't use Windows at all if I'm a true open source proponent. Here's my short answer to that and more Linux politics.

13 August 2011
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Adobe Edge for Linux? That’d Be Nice…

With Adobe this week announcing a new HTML5 design tool for web developers and creatives, many folk are wondering whether this could, finally, be the start of official Adobe application support on Linux.

4 August 2011
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Chrome Now Second Most Popular Browser in UK, Same for UK Linux Users?

With todays news that Google's Chrome web browser has overtaken Firefox as the second most used web-browser in the UK I turned to OMG! Ubuntu!'s visitor stats for UK Linux users to see if, here at least, that trend is also reflected.

1 August 2011

Hangouts, Sparks, Circles, and Huddles – we make sense of Google+

Yesterday, Google unveiled its new social network and competitor to Facebook, 'Google+.' The service aims to bring the search, phone, advertising, video chat (seriously, what doesn't Google compete in nowadays) giant into the realm of social networks, currently dominated by Mr Zuckerberg's Facebook. We don't usually cover social networks on OMG! Ubuntu!, but we figured that the introduction of Google+ means a lot to the future landscape of the Internet, and the fact that invites are scarce (luckily we were sent a couple) compelled me to write a run-down article covering some of the basic features.

30 June 2011
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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