Category Archives: OpenSource

Economic warfare in FOSS

Or, How to destroy a project rather than compete with it. Whether they are conscious of it or not, many parts of our community have engaged in it, and it’s hurting us all. When a project comes along that some people … Continue reading

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My Scopes Showdown Wishlist

A couple of weeks ago we announced the start of a contest to write new Unity Scopes. These are the Dash plugins that let you search for different kinds of content from different sources. Last week Alan Pope posted his … Continue reading

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Joining the Ubuntu Online Summit

Next week we will be kicking off the November 2014 Ubuntu Online Summit where people from the Ubuntu community and Canonical will be hosting live video sessions talking about what is being worked on, what is currently available, and what … Continue reading

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Unity 8 Desktop

This is a guest post from Will Cooke, the new Desktop Team manager at Canonical. It’s being posted here while we work to get a blog setup on unity.ubuntu.com, which is where you can find out more about Unity 8 … Continue reading

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1.0: The deadliest milestone

So it’s finally happened, one of my first Ubuntu SDK apps has reached an official 1.0 release. And I think we all know what that means. Yup, it’s time to scrap the code and start over. It’s a well established mantra, … Continue reading

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YAGNI, or how I learned to stop worrying and love the BSD

Last week I published a new app to the Ubuntu Store, which isn’t anything particularly new, but this time I didn’t use my normal license, instead I went permissive. This is something I’ve been wavering on for a while now, … Continue reading

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Web apps vs. Native apps in Ubuntu

A couple of days ago internet luminaries Stuart Langridge and Bryan Lunduke had a long twitter conversation about webapps and modern desktops, specifically around whether or not web apps were better than, worse than, or equal to native apps.  It was … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Systems

Two years ago, my wife and I made the decision to home-school our two children.  It was the best decision we could have made, our kids are getting a better education, and with me working from home since joining Canonical … Continue reading

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Make Android apps Human with NDR

Ever since we started building the Ubuntu SDK, we’ve been trying to find ways of bringing the vast number of Android apps that exist over to Ubuntu. As with any new platform, there’s a chasm between Android apps and native … Continue reading

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My phone is lonely, let’s fix that

I’ve been using Ubuntu on my only phone for over six months now, and I’ve been loving it. But all this time it’s been missing something, something I couldn’t quite put my finger on. Then, Saturday night, it finally hit … Continue reading

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