The Canonical design team are currently hard at work designing, testing, evaluating new layouts for the Ubuntu Software Centre version 5.0. Their work so far has resulted in three highly impressive mock-ups of Ubuntu Software Store interfaces heavily featuring an aggregated set of features that are par-the-course for Application Stores across various platforms.
The current look of the Ubuntu Software Centre isn't as great as it could be. Department buttons are small, promoted items lack any information, and the general style of the centre just pales in comparison to other application stores.
Reader Mark Tyrrell linked us to a bug report of his that proposes a rather slick solution for the Ubuntu 'Application Menu' reveal behaviour in Unity.
The Ubuntu Developer Summit once again played home to discussion of whether Ubuntu should move from a 700MB sized CD ISO to something larger and more accommodating of growing package requirements.
Do you use a 'picture' for your user account? Most don't, but I find that it makes using Ubuntu a weeny bit more personable at log-in time. Ubuntu ships with a healthy heap of choices, but if they don't do it for you the following avatars, bound for Chrome OS and uncovered by the folks over at Chrome OS Story, just might.
Chrome/ium doesn't use Ubuntu's new Overlay Scrollbars which is a shame: thy're cute, slim and awesome to use. Whilst we can't enable overlay scrollbars themselves in Chrome/ium we can at least match the look, courtesy of reader Micha R who mailed in just how to do this...
OMG! Ubuntu! reader Cyrill sent us through a little mockup of what Ubuntu would look like with tabs inside the panel. He says "On my netbook's 10 inch screen, every single pixel is important. And as there is barely no global menu for Chromium (this changed apparently in Natty), i was wondering how it would look if tabs were using that free space."
Over the last few weeks we've shown you how to add Unity Quicklists to Banshee, the Unity Home Launcher and even web-browser Opera. Well folks - here are even more!
Developer Shnatsel stopped by the OMG! Inbox! to share word an icon-based project he’s been working on that aims to help LibreOffice better 'visually' fit the rest of the Ubuntu desktop.
Happy Easter folks! Having consumed my entire body weight in chocolate eggs it wasn't long before the nauseous party-without-a-permit in my stomach affected my brain. Gripped by this cocoa-craziness I found myself asking what anyone feeling overly-sick on sugar-filled products would ask: Why can't multiple fonts be installed easily in Ubuntu? The answer? The punch line? There isn't one.
The 'home' folder is put in easy reach in Ubuntu 11.04 - slap bang at the top of the Unity launcher. Rather than replacing the "Places" menu of pre-Ubuntu 11.04, the launcher is now just a launcher: doing nothing more, nothing less. We can improve that, though...
Would you love to see Minecraft for sale in the Ubuntu Software Centre? One plucky Minecraft fan has gone right ahead and suggested that to the developers behind the game, and you can add your voice too.