Articles Filed Under Editorial

Volley Brawl – more details, price and yes (another) video!

It's about time we came clean with you all. Those videos, these mysterious characters appearing in the side bar every day for the last few days (currently, Pedobear is hanging out there, watching you), they've all been a bit random. So here's the truth. We're releasing a game. A cool game. A game only for Ubuntu, only for the Software Center. And it's cheap.

28 March 2011
Putting a curve on Workspaces.

Unity personalization: how much can you really do?

In such a short time of development, improvements in speed, aesthetics, usability and more have come to life in the Compiz version of Unity. But what about customization?

25 March 2011
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Has the new Ubuntu One Control Panel raised the stakes in app appearances?

Has Natty's new-look Ubuntu One Control Panel raised the standard of how applications should look on the Ubuntu desktop? Reader Romeo Calota thinks so. He stopped by our inbox to share his 2¢ and some mock-ups on just how things could look that smidge nicer...

21 March 2011
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Ubuntu Manual Project calling for Project Leader, Editor-in-Chief

Over a year ago I founded the Ubuntu Manual Project, an open source Ubuntu project aimed at creating a comprehensive beginner's manual for each Ubuntu release. I led the team for around 10 months, before I had to step down as Team Lead due to other commitments (namely University, and also Ohso - the company that runs OMG! Ubuntu! etc). The team went through a bit of a lull, with a lack of contributors, no leader and little motivation to continue this awesome project - which was a complete shame. Luckily though, they've re-grouped and are now working on building a new website (which I designed way back in June last year), as well as head-hunting for two suitable people to act as Project Leader and Editor-in-Chief.

21 March 2011
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Debian CUT, a new rolling release?

What is Debian CUT and why should you care? Let's take a look...

17 March 2011
Unity in Ubuntu 11.04

What’s wrong with Unity & how we can fix it

Unity is Ubuntu's innovative new user interface, designed to catapult Ubuntu into the revolution of contextual search, launchers and social integration. The unique design provides an enticing alternative to the likes of Windows and OS X. But could Unity be better?

17 March 2011
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My girlfriend’s desktop [Desktop Tour]

Due to some bad experience with viruses on her Laptop running Windows 7, my girlfriend decided to give Ubuntu another try. She is used to it since that is what I have running on my machine, but she never really liked the themes and the looks.

15 March 2011
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Are you contributing your share?

I don't know about you but when I started using Free Software, I was amazed that I could benefit from all this for free. So after a few months I looked up how I could give something back. That was 13 years ago... and to date I'm still an active Debian Developer. Here's my story, what's your story going to be?

11 March 2011
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Debian is dying, oh my word!

Ever since the release of Debian 6.0 “Squeeze”, there's an ongoing debate whether Debian is still relevant and whether the project is going to die.

25 February 2011
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US Readers: last chance to voice against ACTA

Tuesday 15 February 2011 17:00 US/Eastern is the deadline for American citizens to register voice against ACTA - the proposed international 'counterfeiting agreement' that seeks to extend the sucker tentacles of copyright criminalisation into as many nooks and crannies in every day life as possible.

15 February 2011
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Putting Your Brick In The Natty Wall – Jono Bacon

In this article, Jono Bacon, the Ubuntu Community Manager, guest posts and discusses a rallying call for delivering Unity in Natty. Wow, what a cycle Natty has been already. Back in Orlando, when Mark proposed Unity for inclusion in Ubuntu 11.04, we knew this cycle was going to be a busy one, and the Design, Desktop Experience, Ubuntu Platform, and community teams have been working at full steam to make Natty a rocking release.

14 February 2011
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Why Software Patents are worse than useless

Although not specifically about Ubuntu, software patents affect all Ubuntu users. Here a kiwi FOSS software developer talks about Software Patents in New Zealand and implications abroad. Dave Lane is a long time Free Software advocate and experienced developer. He's currently a Director of Egressive, an open source Christchurch-based company that builds web solutions for a variety of clients utilizing Drupal, among other technologies.

10 February 2011