More great messaging menu apps
Ken Van Dine has packaged up Matt Mossholder’s gvoice-notifier in a PPA. I’ve added the PPA to the list of messaging menu applications. If you want to help package these up and get them rocking then feel free to grab one! We’re always looking for great applications! (If you just thought, “Oh neat, if I could SMS from the me menu like you can with the chrome...
Progress on patches ...
Bobbo has posted an update on the progress of getting the number of unreviewed patches under control. If you want to help David and Nigel keep plugging at this then please consider joining the Ubuntu Review team, there will be a session on Thursday on IRC if you want to get started: 10th June, 12:00 UTC #ubuntu-classroom on irc.freenode.net Pretty good progress so far!
Predictability in donating
GNOME is looking for a sysadmin! Don’t forget that you can support GNOME by becoming a Friend of GNOME! One thing I learned from people on the Board is that having a monthly subscription is more helpful to the project. I used to give one lump sum every year, but that’s a bit unpredictable. When you sign up for a monthly subscription it makes things like having a reliable source of...
Collecting up Messaging Menu applications
I’ve sent this to the Ayatana mailing list, but here it is for good measure! I ran into this yesterday: http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2010/05/add-more-apps-to-ubuntu-messaging-menu.html … and I realized that more and more people are making applications for the messaging menu and they’re all over the place. We should embrace this enthusiasm for the technology with some...
Someone want to help out Redshift?
I just found out about redshift, which changes the color temperature of your monitor according to the time of day. I don’t know if this makes a difference yet or not (just started using it), but I did run into a bug request for application indicator support. In lp answers the author states: I will gladly accept patches. It seems it’ll have to be done eventually, so I’ll...
Testing the UNE Application Menu, part II
Reposting from my mail to ayatana: Thanks to everyone who has responded to Jono’s call for testing the application menu. Now that this has kicked off I’d like to explain the plan moving forward. First off, the wiki page with all the information on this project is here: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/DesktopExperienceTeam/ApplicationMenu If anything is unclear to you from that page or...
Where else am I supposed to get gas?
I went to go get some pop from the corner gas station, which is a BP. There’s a guy there holding up a sign on how we should boycott BP for the environmental disaster in the Gulf and how I should take my business elsewhere. It’s a good thing that guy was there, otherwise I wouldn’t have known to search for a more responsible oil company that cares about the environment!
Calculators. You need them.
On the Friday of the Ubuntu Developer Summit we do 5 minute lightning talks. Evan Martin from Chromium did a bit on Speed, and why they’re so obsessed with it. To prove his point he compared Chromium’s launch time vs. gcalctool. Yes, the web browser was launching faster than the calculator. I am not sure if Evan knew it or not, but Robert Ancell (one of the gcalctool guys!) was in...
More Debian/Ubuntu QA tool integration
In case you’re a Debian Developer and missed this post, you can now subscribe to Ubuntu bugs for packages you care about. I have an action item to investigate if we can do this per person as an option vs. per package. More to follow in a longer Debian-related post.
Clarifications around Ubuntu using "Google Chrome"
I’d like to clarify some things about our session on default applications and Chromium. I’m about to get on a plane so I will be short before the confusion spreads. Chrome and Chromium are not the same thing. Chrome is a non-free build of the Chromium project. It is impossible for us to ship Google Chrome as a default web browser without compromising our beliefs. You can read more...
I made a video of how to schedule a session for UDS for those of you who might be new to this. Here’s the ogg video.
Simplifying my online life, social media, etc.
Some people optimize, but I’m going to try something else. Slash, burn, destroy, and see what survives. I’m going to try simpler services like tumblr to blog instead of wordpress (which is too heavy for me) and distill my services down to just what I need. I axed Facebook today, let’s see if I last this 14 day countdown they do before they remove your account.
Better webmail integration. →
Check out desktop-webmail in Lucid if you use web mail! This fixes up mailto’s, etc. Thanks to Alexander Sack for this little gem. Tagged: ubuntu, web
OS/2 coming back? I called this years ago, which is why I kept my OS/2 box all these years! Blue spine too! Go Team OS/2! … ok back to work.
Nexus One Car Dock, decent, not great. →
Since it took them so long to get the Nexus One Car Dock ready I was relieved to see it finally come out. I got it today so here’s my short review. First of all, it’s obvious why the thing is $50,…
I left my head and my heart on the dance floor! →
Sense beat me to it but yes, we’ve got some nice app indicator stuff in Banshee now: Sense has some instructions on his blog while we finish up the little details. Thanks to everyone…
Sad chromium tabs got you down? →
Just a warning that the chrome-ubuntu-theme scrollbar extension has been causing crashes for people. Mike Basinger reported the bug here but it appears to be triggering a webkit bug. Disabling…
Adopt a Package reminder! →
Tomorrow on #ubuntu-classroom at 2000UTC (That’s 4pm EDT) I will be holding a Adopt a Package session! Tagged: ubuntu, upstream
Handy version checking thanks to rmadison →
Sometimes I need to check what’s in Debian and what’s in Ubuntu for a certain package. Usually I just go to the packages.debian|ubuntu site and compare them in browser tabs. Turns out there’s an…
Jamming in Michigan… →
From Drop Box Tagged: jam, lolhio, ubuntu