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Indicator-Weather: "Is it just me or…"

Panagiotis Skintzos has begun on a Vala port of Indicator-Weather. Whilst there are many great ideas in the new design layout there is one aspect that bugs me...

28 March 2011
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AWN ‘taskbar’ style proposed; docks to come full-circle?

Window Dock applications such as AWN, Docky and Kiba are often used by users seeking something with more visual pizazz than the traditional 'icon + text' window option present in the default GNOME-Panel. But what if the traditional way could also be made to look "sexy"?

27 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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A gnome menu style Unity Dash

It seems everyone and their pet parrot has an opinion on what Ubuntu's new Unity interface could be doing better right now. But Sergey "Shnatsel" Davidoff did more than mock-up, moan or migrate to a different Shell entirely when "driven nuts" by Unity's 'inconsistent launcher-duplicating Dash': he created a proof-of-concept implementation of his desired 'old school gnome-menu-like Dash'.

21 March 2011
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Six Conceptual Unity behaviour mock-ups

David Reichling has created a bunch of neat mockups of how Unity should behave, most notably around the Launcher and Dash button. He shared his ideas with me via Twitter, and I thought they were so cool I'd have to publish them on here.

14 March 2011
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Help Ubuntu 11.04 by making an Ambiance theme for Gedit [Updated]

Calling designers and/or those with minute attention to detail: want to play your part in shaping Ubuntu 11.04? Of course you do, and here's how.

25 February 2011
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This Ubuntu One Concept hides some neat ideas under option overload

As far as Ubuntu One has come over the last year there are things people think it could - or should - do better. I'm not sure that the 'everything bar the kitchen sink' approach, as ~usrnametaken proposes in his mock-up below, is entirely the right approach - but I can admit to running out of fingers counting options I see in the mock-up that I'd love to find available in the Ubuntu One Dashboard - particularly the inspired 'Ubuntu One Backup Service'.

16 February 2011
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Scrambble icon pack demands an Ubuntu port

The latest Android-bound icon set from designer Nicklas Hirsch has caught a lot of attention recently – but not only from Android users.

25 January 2011
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Docklet API ‘coming’ to Unity Launcher [updated]

Unity’s launcher could get some added oomph with the release of a new Launcher API for developers to use. When asked whether Unity’s launcher could allow for "…the installation of the Gmail Docky Docket in […]

20 January 2011

LCA2011 – Who’s keen for an OMG! Ubuntu! reader meetup?

With Linux Conference Australia 2011 less than a week away, and with over 700 attendees converging on Brisbane for 5 days of Linux talks, sessions and workshops, it's about time I mentioned our reader meetup.

18 January 2011
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Yet more LibreOffice UI mock-ups roll in…

More mock-ups for LibreOffice.

17 January 2011
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The weather indicator project revives; what might have been

The indicator-weather project has kicked back into life this week - meaning none of us need to go without 'weather-info-at-a-glance' on our desktop panel come Ubuntu 11.04. We were briefly involved in the development of the project last year and whilst our designs never made it into being, here they are to peruse at your pleasure.

16 January 2011