Posts from December 2010

  • Surveying contributions

    Ivanka Majic,

    If you have ever contributed to an open source project or wish you had got round to it then please can you fill in this survey? It isn’t a quick one, but if you have about 20 minutes to spare then your response would be very much appreciated. I will publish the results on […]

  • Looking at Ubuntu Brainstorm: Idea #25801

    Ivanka Majic,

    The Ubuntu Technical Board is currently conducting a review of the top ten Brainstorm issues users have raised about Ubuntu, and Matt asked me to investigate Idea #25801: Help the user understand when closing a window does not terminate the app. In other words, figure out to signal to the user that an application will […]

  • So, you want to provide an API for the world to use?

    Ivanka Majic,

    I conducted 5 qualitative interviews with developers and here are some findings. You have two problems. The first problem is to design the API. The second is to help people learn to use it. Great API design Is consistent, predictable, learnable. You are creating an API that developers will interact with. In the same way […]

  • Participate in research

    Alejandra Obregon,

    Are you a developer or systems administrator that uses Ubuntu at work and/or at home?

    We’re looking for people who might be available to help us on a current research project in London on the 3rd and 10th December. If this sounds like you please get in touch.

  • Here come the Ninjas


    Announcing an all new team focused on fixing bugs, Papercuts Ninja team, and why you should be excited!

  • Paper cuts need you!

    Ivanka Majic,

    You won’t be surprised to hear that I am on the Papercutters team and, in that capacity, was on the…

  • The monospace is coming

    Bruno Maag,

    In contrast to a proportionally spaced font a the characters in a monospace occupy all exactly the same width. In…

  • Of hinting and tables

    Bruno Maag,

    I hope regular readers of the design blogs don’t think that we have abandoned our programme of telling you all…

  • What is UDS?

    Iain Farrell,

    We’ve been talking a lot about UDS but some of you out there might not know what it is. Duncan…

  • A space odyssey

    Bruno Maag,

    Time flies and it’s already time for our next blog entry on the design of the Ubuntu font suite. Below…

  • 42 day widget

    Christian Giordano,

    Yesterday we successfully released the new versions of Ubuntu family. As you all know, yesterday was such a special date…

  • New t-shirts

    Marcus Haslam,

    The new Maverick Meerkat and Natty Narwhal t-shirt delivery came in this morning, looking tip top I have to say.…

  • Ubuntu emoticons

    Otto Greenslade,

    “Say hello to my little friends…” I’ve just completed a set of emoticons that more closely follow our visual identity…

  • Something New and Beautiful: Ubuntu, distilled, in type

    Mark Shuttleworth,

    The Ubuntu font represents the values of Ubuntu and Canonical, distilled into a typeface that is highly legible on screen, clean and balanced in print, professionally designed yet imbued with the wisdom of the whole Ubuntu community. I hope it’s a benchmark for more libre font work, and a catalyst for improvements in the tools of typography.

  • Intial Hebrew trials

    Bruno Maag,

    The Ubuntu project is going full speed. We have started intial work on the Hebrew and would like to share…

  • Did you know?


    An introduction to the magical world of Application Screenshots and how to improve the images displayed in Ubuntu’s software catalog.

  • Getting physical

    Christian Giordano,

    Introduction With the ingress in the market of products like Nintendo Wii, Apple iPhone and Microsoft Kinect, developers finally started…

  • Screens everywhere

    Iain Farrell,

    This is a fabulous little invention especially as I’m a keen cyclist in the city.
    Nicked from Steve Clayton’s fabulous blog.

  • dConstruct 2010

    Inayaili de León Persson,

    Once again Brighton-based Clearleft prepared something special for those who attended this year’s dConstruct conference. Ivanka and myself had the…

  • Charactersets

    Iain Farrell,

    In this latest post discussing development of the Ubuntu family of fonts, Bruno discusses scope, charactersets and what’s coming as…

  • Meerkats like the sun?!

    Iain Farrell,

    Today I got another e-mail from a statue. There’s a perfectly normal sentence … This time from a beach where Rick says he’s having an amazing time relaxing after his conference! So what have we learned so far, apart from the fact that an unattended Meerkat is likely to wander off if left for too […]

  • In Brazil?!

    Iain Farrell,

    Came in this morning to a mail from Rick, my Meerkat who went for a walk a little while ago. Apparently he was giving a keynote at Linuxcon!! More as I get it …

  • Just an average day in 2014

    Iain Farrell,

    While I’m not convinced that Sweden will actually win the world cup there’s lots to like about this “five minutes into the future” look at how we might share content and interact with devices in a few years time. I’m setting a reminder in my calendar. I’ll catch you in 5 years, see if we […]

  • Why do you use Ubuntu?

    Alejandra Obregon,

    We’ve been looking at making developments to the Ubuntu website that explore and highlight the reasons for using Ubuntu above and beyond the features of the products. One idea we had was to invite community members and Ubuntu users to tweet or post about why they use Ubuntu and display this on the site. The community’s voice on the website would demonstrate one of the key drivers for using Ubuntu: showing the strength and commitment of the community, not just telling visitors about it. Adding the voice and personality of the community to the websites will enable members and users to participate in our site’s messaging and to share their passion for the concept and principles on which Ubuntu is based.

    We decided to run a test yesterday to see how you responded and whether there was interest. There are some great replies.

  • Raw Photo Treatment Photos and More

    Kenneth Wimer,

    I just uploaded a few examples of the “raw” photos taken recently at the Canonical London office. Hopefully some of these photos, when properly edited, will help define the future Canonical/Ubuntu photo treatment. Thanks to all those who agre…

  • On being famous…

    Kenneth Wimer,

    I called the registrar’s office the other day to ask a question. The person on the phone was very helpful and quickly answered my question. In order to do so, he asked me for my name, which I told him. He started making odd “hrm” noises and repeating m…