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.
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.
Last weekend I posted a status update on our OMG! Ubuntu! Facebook page asking our fans to leave a comment with their Ubuntu success stories. A few dozen comments later and we had a nice collection of some stories, everything from people converting their parents to also people replacing Windows XP with Ubuntu on aging school computers in their local community.
The non-profit HeliOS Project - which refurbishes old computers (with Linux) to give to disadvantaged kids in Austin and the Central Texas - has the chance to grab some much needed funding. And all you need to do to help is click a "Like" button.
Days three and four of LCA2011 have passed, and now we are almost halfway through the fifth day, Friday. The past couple of days have been quite interesting, with many very cool talks, two social events in the evenings and I got lucky enough to spend some time with Linus Torvalds!
Day two of Linux.conf.au has been and gone, with highlights for me being Vint Cerf's keynote, the RoboCup talk and a 40 minute interview with Jeff Waugh over lunch. Click through for day two's gallery of photos from LCA2011.
I'm currently sitting in a very interesting and unique talk about the University of New South Wales and their Computer Science RoboCup team. Robocup, which you may have heard of, is an international competition where teams build and program fully autonomous robots to play a game of soccer.
Arjen Lentz is currently giving a talk at Linux.conf.au entitled "Creating the Business you want." At the beginning of his talk he handed out a sheet of A4 with 10 principles Lentz believes small companies should stick to when starting out.
Open source can provide an excellent foundation for building businesses, as we've seen from many companies past and present. But how does one utilize the tools and benefits of Open Source to create a successful business model and a sustainable company?
I'm sure you've heard about it, but do you really know what it is, why it exists and why you should care? In this article I try to answer three questions: What is Linux.conf.au, what happens there, and why should you care?
From deep in Hanger 18, your reporter is proud to bring you some exclusive Banshee goodies. Read on for more information...
"Will Banshee support Photo management?" This is a common question both in the comments here but also in my private mails so I thought I would address it on OMG! Ubuntu! as my first editorial on the site.