Category Archives: Programming

Android is not going to be a desktop OS

A while back Bryan Lunduke wrote about using Android on a desktop and he gave it a pretty good review. While I felt that the article was light on details, he defended his position and insisted that Android was, in … Continue reading

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Big improvements come from small changes

After I implemented infinite scrolling in uReadIt 2.0, I found that after a couple of page loads the UI would start to be sluggish. It’s not surprising, considering the number of components it kept adding to the ListView. But in … 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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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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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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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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First steps towards a converged email client for Ubuntu

Yesterday we made a big step towards developing a native email client for Ubuntu, which uses the Ubuntu UI Toolkit and will converge between between phones, tablets and the desktop from the start. We’re not starting from scratch though, we’re … Continue reading

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Work begins on Qimo 3.0

Today I started work on the third release of Qimo.  I’m slowly but surely learning how to do it better. In the first release of Qimo I unpacked an Ubuntu ISO by hand, changed things by hand, and then re-packed … Continue reading

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