Tag Archives: FOSS

Who do you contribute to?

When you contribute something as a member of a community, who are you actually giving it to? The simple answer of course is “the community” or “the project”, but those aren’t very specific.  On the one hand you have a nebulous … Continue reading

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Why do you contribute to open source?

It seems a fairly common, straight forward question.  You’ve probably been asked it before. We all have reasons why we hack, why we code, why we write or draw. If you ask somebody this question, you’ll hear things like “scratching … Continue reading

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When is a fork not a fork?

Technically a fork is any instance of a codebase being copied and developed independently of its parent.  But when we use the word it usually encompasses far more than that. Usually when we talk about a fork we mean splitting … 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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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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Ubuntu API Website Teardown

For much of the past year I’ve been working on the Ubuntu API Website, a Django project for hosting all of the API documentation for the Ubuntu SDK, covering a variety of languages, toolkits and libraries.  It’s been a lot … Continue reading

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Mozilla turns evil, sells your eyes to the highest bidder

Seriously?  If you find yourself writing a headline like this, you need to take a break from the internet.  If you clicked on this one because you wanted more blood-sport FOSS drama, you’re out of luck (and you should also … Continue reading

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Razing the Roof

Today was a distracting day for me.  My homeowner’s insurance is requiring that I get my house re-roofed[1], so I’ve had contractors coming and going all day to give me estimates. Beyond just the cost, we’ve been checking on state … Continue reading

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