Category Archives: OpenSource

Dogfooding Unity 8

During the Ubuntu Online Summit last week, my colleague Daniel Holbach came up with what he called a “10 day challenge” to some of the engineering manager directing the convergence work in Ubuntu. The idea is simple, try and use … Continue reading

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Help make Gnome Software beautiful

As most you you know by now, Ubuntu 16.04 will be dropping the old Ubuntu Software Center in favor of the newer Gnome Software as the graphical front-end to both the Ubuntu archives and 3rd party application store. Gnome Software … Continue reading

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Don’t be afraid of women in tech

It’s incredibly disappointing that I even feel the need to write that headline, but recently a story has hit the interwebs that’s nothing short of fearmongering against an already beleaguered minority. The truth is that women in open source are … Continue reading

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Phones and Desktops converge at Ubuntu Online Summit

With the release of the Wily Werewolf (Ubuntu 15.10) we have entered into the Xenial Xerus (to be Ubuntu 16.04) development cycle. This will be another big milestone for Ubuntu, not just because it will be another LTS, but it … Continue reading

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The next UbuCon is in Orlando, Florida!

Thanks to the generous organizers of FOSSETCON who have given us a room at their venue, we will be having another UbuCon in Orlando this fall! FOSSETCON 2015 will be held at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista‎, from November … Continue reading

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Share a link, win a Mycroft!

Mycroft, the open source Artificial Intelligence project currently on Kickstarter, has teamed up with Ubuntu to give away a free device! They’re in the final days of their campaign, and need your help getting it to their goal. So we’re … Continue reading

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Free Software’s Fifth Freedom

Way back at the dawn of the open source era, Richard Stallman wrote the Four Freedoms which defined what it meant for software to be free. These are: Freedom 0: The freedom to run the program for any purpose. Freedom … Continue reading

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My SCaLE 13x and UbuCon review

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend the thirteenth Southern California Linux Expo, more commonly known at SCaLE 13x. It was my first time back in five years, since I attended 9x, and my first time … Continue reading

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On Democratic Republics and Meritocratic Oligarchies

There’s a saying in American political debate that is as popular as it is wrong, which happens when one side appeals to our country’s democratic ideal, and the other side will immediately counter with “The United States is a Republic, not … Continue reading

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Ubuntu Incubator

The Ubuntu Core Apps project has proven that the Ubuntu community is not only capable of building fantastic software, but they’re capable of the meeting the same standards, deadlines and requirements that are expected from projects developed by employees. One of … Continue reading

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