Posts from December 2009

  • A bug in two parts

    Ivanka Majic,

    I finally got round to going through the photos on my camera this morning – I still haven’t got round to putting my holiday (August holiday!) photos on Flickr so I thought this could be the way to spend a chilly Saturday morning.
    As is obvious from the image, something went wrong. In fact two things […]

  • One Hundred Paper Cuts: Karmic summary and Lucid plans

    David Siegel,

    Karmic Retrospective
    Long story short: we fixed 76 paper cuts for Karmic. Hooray! Congratulations! For more details, see the Ubuntu wiki page.
    (I believe we actually reached 100, but many paper cuts were fixed without being reported or carefully tracked, and some individual paper cuts addressed multiple instances of a general of problem.)
    What about Lucid?
    At the Ubuntu […]

  • Fresh off the press

    Kenneth Wimer,

    I just got my copy of “The Book of Inkscape” by Dmitry Kirsanov. It has excellent information for inkscape users both new and old ;)

  • The most beautiful blog post ever*

    Ivanka Majic,

    Ladies and Gentlemen,
    I would like to share with you the short-list for the Ubuntu Karmic Koala Wallpaper’s Competition.
    We had so many fantastic entries and so little space on the final CD. At last count, 19 fabulous wallpapers made it onto the final image!
    I can’t thank everyone enough for their fantastic contributions. I wish there had […]

  • On the Ubuntu 9.10 default wallpaper

    Michael Forrest,

    The first thing I did after installing Ubuntu 9.04 was to head straight for the Appearance settings to choose a desktop picture. Here’s what I was offered:Naturally, a panic ensued while I tried to work out how to synchronise filesystems between OS X a…

  • So.. I got this new job..

    Michael Forrest,

    I always planned to make my millions and then spend them philanthropically, on a technological venture. Nanotech, bioengineering or artificial intelligence – some scientific enterprise for the benefit of humankind. Earlier this year, when the credit cr…

  • Ubuntu Karmic desktop

    Kenneth Wimer,

    Yesterday was a big day for the Karmic desktop. Lots of pieces came together like switching icon themes, colour changes in the UI, a new dark theme for GDM, a new default background and, 19 photos chosen from the flickr group we started earlier this ye…

  • Installing applications. There _is_ already a better way

    Iain Farrell,

    I read with interest an article over at daringfireball.net which pointed to a Mozilla piece about the complexities of installing applications on the Mac. For those not in the know the way that you install software on the Mac is that you typically get a disk image as a download. When you download this your […]

  • Unwatching the detail?

    Iain Farrell,

    Big problem just about every project I’ve ever worked on has been the rush to get something out the door. Estimates rarely stack up. Last minute changes and scope creep mean that there’s always more to do than was first thought. However, when it came to Apple’s software I was always impressed by the level […]

  • One Hundred Paper Cuts Round 8 Progress Report

    David Siegel,

    One Hundred Paper Cuts Round 8 came and went last week, and good progress was made:

    Login screen clock has AM/PM suffix despite 24-hour format
    Ted M Lin identified the root of the problem (a small string time descriptor needed changing) and Bruce Cowan notes that the upstream merge is pending.
    cliparts are not in gallery-path of openoffice […]

  • One Hundred Paper Cuts Round 7 Progress Report

    David Siegel,

    One Hundred Paper Cuts Round 7 drew to a close last week. Here are the paper cuts that were (or were not) addressed:

    GNOME Panel icons (on right side) move apparently randomly on session start in some situations
    Ryan Maki wrote a surprisingly small patch to fix this long-standing and very annoying bug with over forty duplicates. […]

  • One Hundred Paper Cuts Round 6 Progress Report

    David Siegel,

    One Hundred Paper Cuts Round 6 contained some of the easiest-to-fix paper cuts we’ve seen so far, but it made less progress than any previous milestone. Perhaps this is indicative of the psychology behind paper cuts; the bugs that are easiest to fix often get the least attention. The two paper cuts that made discernible […]

  • One Hundred Paper Cuts Round 5 Progress Report

    David Siegel,

    Without further ado, here’s an update on the fifth round of the One Hundred Paper Cuts project. The paper cuts addressed were:

    When nautilus cannot unmount a media, it must tell why
    Karmic inherited a nice dialog from upstream Nautilus that assists the user who tries to unmount a busy drive. Excellent!
    Cannot install fonts using method described […]

  • One Hundred Paper Cuts Round 4 Progress Report

    David Siegel,

    The fourth milestone in the One Hundred Paper Cuts project came and went over a week ago. Here’s a summary of the issues addressed:

    F-Spot puts photos in Photos folder not Pictures folder
    A patch from an F-Spot developer exists in Bugzilla, and has been iterated a few times using feedback from other developers. The upstream bug […]

  • Distributed user testing of archive behavior in Ubuntu

    David Siegel,

    In response to two paper cuts, “Have the file-roller automatically extract an archive on double click” and “‘Archive Manager’ doesn’t mean anything if you don’t know what an ‘archive’ is”, the Canonical Design Team devised a user test of archive behavior in Ubuntu, and we’re inviting the community to help administer the test and collect […]

  • Karmic desktop contest script

    David Siegel,

    I wrote a quick-and-dirty Haskell script to download photos from the Karmic Desktop Contest, setting a new photo as your desktop background every ten minutes. Make sure you cabal install flickr first.

  • Featured paper cut: Nautilus, simplified

    David Siegel,

    I thought I’d share a fun paper cut from this week’s milestone that has seen some interesting developments. The proposed changes (and discussion) have grown larger than paper cut size, but some progress was made (resulting in a PPA for you to try) and you may find the work fascinating like I do. The paper […]

  • Karmic wallpapers

    Kenneth Wimer,

    Ubuntu would like to include a beautiful set of images for our users to choose from in our next release. In order to accomplish this we have set up a wiki page to explain things and guidelines for inclusion.In addition we’ve started a flickr group to a…

  • Test drive Ubuntu on your Mac with Ubuntu.app

    David Siegel,

    During Gran Canaria Desktop Summit, Ivanka Majic, Kalle Persson, Andreas Nilsson, and I had a conversation about exposing designers to the growing momentum behind free software usability and design. People interested in contributing graphic design or usability work who use Macs represent a largely untapped source of talent; I’ve found it difficult to experiment […]

  • Breathe icons 1st release

    Kenneth Wimer,

    The Breathe icon team just announced their initial release. Check it out if you haven’t seen it yet on the ubuntu wiki or on gnome-look.They’ve come a long way and are moving ahead at a steady pace. Breathe is an excellent example of the ubuntu artwork…