Category Archives: Upstream

Welcome to the Skunk Works

A few weeks ago, Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth announced a new project initiative dubbed “skunk works”, that would bring talented and trusted members of the Ubuntu community into what were previously Canonical-only development teams working on some of the most … Continue reading

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Six geeks, one sleepless night, and £5133.70 for charity

Well, we did it.  The six members of the Canonical Community Team stayed awake and (mostly) online for 24 straight hours, all for your entertainment and generous donations.  A lot of people gave a lot over the last week, both … Continue reading

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Help Wanted: Build a new documentation portal for Ubuntu App Developers

Back in San Francisco, during UDS-Q, we had a discussion about the need for better online documentation for the various APIs that application developers use to write apps for Ubuntu.  The Ubuntu App Showdown and subsequent AppDevUploadProcess spec work has … Continue reading

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How the AppDevUploadProcess was written

For the past several week, David Planella, Jono Bacon and I have been drafting a spec that proposes a radically different approach to getting desktop applications into the Ubuntu Software Center.  Now, there’s nothing that annoys me more than somebody … Continue reading

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App Developer Q&A

You can watch the App Developer Q&A live stream starting at 1700 UTC (or watch the recording of it afterwards): Questions should be asked in the #ubuntu-on-air IRC channel on freenode. You can ask me anything about app development on … Continue reading

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Why you should ‘Download for Ubuntu’

Last week we introduced a new ‘Download for Ubuntu’ campaign for upstreams to use on their websites, letting their users know that the app is available in Ubuntu already.  We event generated a list of targeted upstreams we wanted to reach … Continue reading

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Bring on the apps

It’s no secret anymore, we want apps in Ubuntu.  Big app, small apps, shiny apps, cute apps,  apps that play a catchy tune while avian avengers explode porcine poachers.  You name it, we want it in Ubuntu.  And we need … Continue reading

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Pkgme help and mentors

Expanding on my previous post calling for pkgme backend contributors, here’s a list of the backends we would like to see added, and who in the community you can contact for help in making them. If you can act as … Continue reading

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Contributing to Ubuntu: A better Pkgme

pkgme is a small utility created by James Westby, its purpose is to create a Debian package for any unpackaged applications.  It’s currently used when applications are submitted through the Ubuntu Developer Portal as tarballs, inspecting the contents of the … Continue reading

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Hello Unity, episode 3 & 4

The past couple of weeks have been busy for just about everybody at Canonical as we prepare for the release of Ubuntu 12.04, which is shaping it to be a remarkable release indeed.  But I was able to spend a … Continue reading

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