More posts in “Editorial”

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
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Systemd in GNOME, PackageKit and what GNOME as an OS really means

A recent proposal be PulseAudio and systemd lead developer Lennart ?Poettering to add systemd raised concerns that GNOME might drop support for non-Linux platforms. This isn't the aim; and here's why.

19 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

Musings on Banshee 2.1.0 and turning off the daily PPA

The new Banshee development cycle has official begun and within comes a number of big changes. Let's look at what is already in the tree now and which will be in the first development release 2.1.0...

29 April 2011
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Our complete guide to Unity in Ubuntu 11.04

Over the last couple of weeks we've been quietly working on a new release feature that we'd like to do for every Ubuntu release. A full on guide to new features in Ubuntu, focusing on the Unity desktop environment. And it's just for you.

27 April 2011
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From Ubuntu to Fedora – Landing on foreign soil (the good, the bad and the ugly)

Recently I had to make a choice as to whether I wanted to stay with Ubuntu Unity or move to GNOME 3 and hence another distribution. I chose to move to Fedora because my work requires it, luckily though this has given me a new perspective as I have been a long time Ubuntu user.

25 April 2011
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Understanding Version Control Systems, Part 1

Collaboration is probably the most difficult and time consuming task when working as a team. When you first heard the phrase "version control" you might have started thinking about code and progammers. The issue of collaboration is not only with programmers but also with other areas and profession namely with design, documentation etc. Version control as a tool has been immensely famous within programming circles, but its use is not limited just for source code.

22 April 2011
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Document Foundation 1, Oracle 0: OpenOffice discarded, left to the community

Oracle, the "owners" of OpenOffice, have announced the discontinuation of commercial development on the popular office suite. OpenOffice will be continued as a community project. The question is: does anyone still care?

19 April 2011
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Call for DebConf11 attendance

After last years Debian Developer conference in NYC (DebConf10) this years conference, DebConf11 will be held in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina from 24th to 30th July. Of course besides developers, among the attendees you'll be able to see many well known faces from Open Source/Linux world, as well as representatives from some of the leading companies from this sector.

14 April 2011
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Banshee sucketh the big one, or how to correctly file a bug and stop worrying

There are bugs in Banshee, as I write this, 815 known or suspected bugs to be specific. Likely there are many more... and you, the user, is thus at risk of hitting one. Here is what to remember when experiencing a Banshee problem.

7 April 2011