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My Music app on it's way to Core apps.

Great news! My Music App, which I showed the to the world a week or so, ago is now being developed together with Canonical and the Community to become one of the Core applications in Ubuntu Touch – the default music application!

I just had my first meeting with Michael Hall, Alan Pope and Victor Thompson, where we discussed how to proceed with the development.
The application will be based on my code, which is great. Also we will adopt the UI design from Lucas Romero Di Benedetto, which you can see above.

I’m so excited!


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Canonical and Ubuntu.

It’s been a rather stormy few days the last week, during UDS (Ubuntu Developer Summit). Ubuntu, the free and open source Linux distribution is created, and financed by Canonical, a private company based in London, UK and run my Mark Shuttleworth.

Mark told world that Ubuntu will be moving away from the six-month-release, and instead will be using ”rolling releases”. That means, that Ubuntu, earlier, was released as a new version every sixth months – two Ubuntu releases a year. Now Ubuntu won’t be released in that way, but you’ll always have the latest Ubuntu packages. You download Ubuntu, you use it, you upgrade your packages when they’re updated, and you won’t ever need to to a large version update again.

This really enoyed a LOT of people. Some that even distanced themselves from the Ubuntu community, which, as they put in, had been compromised. I for one, love the idea, since I always want newer packages, but don’t really like to use the alpha/beta releases of Ubuntu since they are too unstable to work with while I really need my computer to work to be able to do my studies, and work. A rolling release solves that problems, and minimizes the stress on the community and on the developer team. More focus on making the coherence and convergence, instead of resolving issues that will become obsolete, or even come back when a later code is written. It’s much better to have a rolling release, develop a new feature, and when that actually is finished, package it and start using it in Ubuntu.

Take Unity for example, although it’s probably been a somewhat good thing to released it part by part for the masses to try out, it’s been a long way for it to finish and actually win the users over from Gnome or KDE. A big project like that should probably work better by being released while finished and polished.

I don’t see anything from Canonical, or Mark, that would compromise the Ubuntu Community. Actually it’s a been ironic that so many take so much for granted, and hate changes, while still coming from Windows and were willing to change to Ubuntu because of the boring nothing-is-changing-Windows. I have full confidence for Ubuntu, for Canonical and for Mark Shuttleworth. They are doing a great job! And even if some community members takes off, there are plenty behind them, ready to take on their work.

Ubuntu wouldn’t be much without it’s community, but the community wouldn’t be anything without Ubuntu. And Ubuntu is created my a private own company – don’t forget that. Mark spends his own, private, money to develop a OS, that he thinks is the future (and I do too). His own money, and his own time. I think we should be thanking him more, then criticize him for the things that might not fell our void in our hearts.

I really think Mark knows what he’s doing. Ubuntu Touch will revolutionize our way of using our phones and tables, as well as Ubuntu will on our desktop and server rooms. Our homes, and our workspace. He also knows that this won’t be forever and that he has a limited amount of time – that’s why he chose the rolling releases, that’s why they created their own display server, Mir, and why they created Unity – a UI for every, and all, devices.

Mark has just shifted into a higher gear, and I applaud him for that.


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Ubuntu och menyrevolution – HUD.

Det händer att man får höra – och ser det givetvis själv – att Ubuntu, eller egentligen alla Linuxdistributioner, efterliknar sina properietära konkurrenter Windows och Mac OS X. Menyer, muspakaren, skärmsläckare, knappar, notifieringar – till och med ikoner. Det är lite tråkigt när man tänker på det, samtidigt som man tänker: ”Men hur skulle det annars se ut eller fungera?”

Faktum är att det inte hänt så mycket med det grafiska skrivbordet på en dator sedan det introducerades. Compiz gör det roligare och mer användbart, men det är fortfarande en muspekare, menyer osv.

Canonical, företaget bakom Ubuntu har tänkt vidare på detta, vilket jag anser vara fantastiskt – äntligen ska det tystas att vi, FOSS-nördar, slutar ta efter och kopiera! I nästa version av Ubuntu, 12.04 – Precise Pangulin – så försvinner våra gamla menyer.

Det nya förslaget kallar de för HUD – Head-Up Display. Även att jag inte är klart såld på det, så finner jag det väldigt intressant. Det är så att jag funderar på min egna vana. När jag vet vart menyalternativet finns, vill jag ju helst inte behöva söka efter det. Men å andra sidan, när jag inte vet så är det värre.

Och vidare så använder jag bara Synapse för att öppna program, hitta filer osv., så varför inte. Ska bli spännande att se. Och kul med lite nytt. HELT nytt.

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