Ubuntu Software Development Kit Announced

An important item discussed in Copenhagen this Monday, regarding app development, was the emergence of an Ubuntu SDK at some point in the not too distant future.

An Ubuntu-specific software development kit, bringing together all the necessary software and tools for app development, ought to excite people looking to make or bring their applications to Ubuntu.

Future of Nautilus in Ubuntu Discussed at UDS

Discussion on Ubuntu 13.04’s choice of default file manager was one of the headline sessions in the second day of the latest UDS.

Integration, design and accessibility issues were all raised during the 50 minute discussion, which centered around what Ubuntu needs to patch or re-add to the ‘new’ Nautilus for it to remain useful to Ubuntu users.

Ubuntu Create Dedicated Games Dev Team?

A new team set up on Launchpad – the online hub for Ubuntu’s development activities – appears to show just how seriously Canonical are taking gaming on their platform.

Although little has yet been announced about the team – called ‘Ubuntu Game Developers’ – or their purpose, the existing members list reads like a who’s-who of technical elite.

Valve Talk ‘Steam for Linux’, Give Beta Access to Attendees

Valve engineer Drew Bliss has given a short talk to ubuntu developers present at the Ubuntu Summit in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Revealing little in way of time schedules or release dates, instead referring to ‘Valve time’ – a ‘release when it’s ready approach’ – Bliss did have one trick up his sleeve for attendees of the summit: guaranteed access to the forthcoming beta.

Ubuntu 13.04 To Drop Alpha Releases?

The Ubuntu 13.04 development cycle may not feature any alpha releases, a session at this weeks Ubuntu Developer Summit has mooted.

Discussion, which although still preliminary is expected to be actioned, suggests disbanding with alpha builds for Ubuntu 13.04, and releasing only one beta.

Ubuntu Nexus 7 Installer App Released to Devs

Google’s Nexus 7 tablet is, as Mark Shuttleworth revealed last week, to be Ubuntu’s ‘reference’ device on which the ‘core’ of Ubuntu will be tweaked.

By ‘viewing Ubuntu through a mobile lens’ developers will be address CPU, RAM and power usage issues, making them better. The net result is that all devices – tablet, desktop or TV, will benefit.