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Mir is one of the biggest changes coming to Ubuntu as part of Saucy.
All cycle, the Mir development team has been adding features and ramping up efforts to get Mir as default for Saucy. The final features are now landing in Mir just in time for feature freeze which is happening this Thursday, August 29th.
As part of these efforts, the Mir team is looking for feedback on multi-monitor and the usability of Mir. You can find all the information here as part of the call for testing. In order to test and respond to the results however, the testing is closing tomorrow August 28th, so don’t delay!
Curious to learn more about the testing and development of Mir in Ubuntu? Checkout some of the vUDS sessions happening this week on Mir:
- Feedback session on Mir
- Mir performance improvements
- Mir roadmap
- Mir/XMir Quality and Performance Benchmarking for Saucy
With your help, expect to see Mir as part of your Saucy desktop!
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Twenty two years and one day ago, an ambitious young Finn posted this on the comp.os.minix mailing list newsgroup:
Hello everybody out there using minix -
I'm doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won't be big and
professional like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones. This has been brewing
since april, and is starting to get ready. I'd like any feedback on
things people like/dislike in minix, as my OS resembles it somewhat
(same physical layout of the file-system (due to practical reasons)
among other things).
I'm doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won't be big and professional like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones. This has been brewing since april, and is starting to get ready. I'd like any feedback on things people like/dislike in minix, as my OS resembles it somewhat (same physical layout of the file-system (due to practical reasons) among other things).
Aside from a handful of new icons during last cycle, Ubuntu’s default icon set hasn’t matured much over the last couple of years.
That’s not a criticism per se: Ubuntu’s stock theme is perfectly serviceable.
But serviceable isn’t sexy; for desktop joie de vivre you’ll need to turn to the world of 3rd party themes…Moka Icon Theme
Moka (named after a Moka coffee pot for no particular reason) is my favourite alternative Ubuntu icon set right now.
It (sort of) takes the best of Faenza and the Ubuntu Touch mobile icons and mixes it with a dash of simplicity seen in the raft of iOS7/Windows Modern UI sets that have sprung up of late.
But where the latter themes, like Plateau, use cold, angular edges with flat, 2D iconography, Moka doesn’t. Instead it opts for rounded, softer shapes with light gradients and the occasional bit of shading.
The result is an icon set that feels more inviting and homely.Completeness
So I like it, and I think you might too. But is it usable? Or will using it leave your desktop looking like a patchwork of competing icon styles?
Thankfully it’s more the former.
Moka is not fully complete quite yet so, should you use it, there’s a good chance you’ll notice the odd system, device or mime icon missing, too. A number of Ubuntu’s default applications also lack ‘Moka-ized’ icons – Thunderbird being a notable omission.
But, for the most part, it is comprehensive enough to use without significant issue. And the developer, Sam Hewitt, is working on adding more icons – so if something important is missing just give him a shout!
“Shut up, Joey! Just tell us how to get it!”
Okay, okay. Getting Moka is simple enough – you’ll find all you need over on its GNOME-Look.org listing, including downloads and a PPA for easy updating.
You’ll also see a donate button. If you like the icon set be sure to throw the developer a few dollars. It’s unlikely he’ll be getting rich making it, but you’ll be helping to keep fresh ground coffee inside in Moka pot for those long nights crafting more icons for the set.
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When the opening line of a conversation starts, “I read an interesting number the other day”, it’s fairly safe to assume that you’re talking to someone whose business it is to know about "interesting numbers". Perhaps unsurprisingly, these words were uttered by an economist whose ability to find god gold in the numbers is the reason why he’s been working for one of those very naughty High Street banks to figure out just how much the PPI scandal is going to cost it.
VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger and graphical-browser-inventor-turned-venture-capitalist Marc Andreessen have engaged in a feisty debate at Vmworld 2013, during which the pair clashed on a number of topics.
While other projects are busy making hay with mobile interfaces, GNOME have tasked themselves with creating a set of tightly integrated applications that provide ‘important functionality to the GNOME experience’.
‘Core apps’ aim to be:
- Well designed and consistent (with other apps of the system) interfaces
- Integrated with core OS services (e.g. Online Accounts, other core apps)
- Are purposeful and not over-burdened with features
If you read my recent post ‘Do One Thing and Do it Well: Ubuntu Needs More Purposeful Apps’ then you’ll know that the list above reads like a dream to me.
So, with enthusiasm in hand, I checked out 5 core apps currently under development by the GNOME folks.Gnome Calendar
GNOME’s Calendar app is clean and light with a simple, straightforward design. Events can be added with a double-click of a date, or by selecting a date and then pressing the ‘New Event’ button.
Various calendar views are put easily within reach, including ‘Day’, ‘Week’, ‘Month’, ‘Year’, and an extra view for viewing existing events in a ‘List’.
But my favourite ‘feature’ is one that will please anyone with a multi-device workflow: Google Calendar sync.GNOME Maps
With more and more of us accustomed to finding a map app shipped on and integrated with our mobile and tablet experiences it’s a clever move by GNOME to do the same.
For now their offering, GNOME Maps, is modest. You can use it to search for a location and view it through one of several layers (standard, cycle routes, transport), as well as just generally manipulate the map with zoom and panning features.
The app uses data from Open Street Map project – a sort of ‘Wikipedia’ for maps – meaning that updated information can be added and amended at any time. This is a flexibility that closed-source offerings often don’t have.
A number of core apps in the collection are built around the premise of ‘finding and reminding’ you of your files.
So, whereas today we’d reach for a file manager to find Holiday.jpeg or SkiSlope.avi, GNOME thinks that a content-specific interface for browsing files would be of more use.
And there is a logic to it. On Android you’d open the ‘gallery’ app to manage, share or edit photos; or a ‘music’ app would be opened to tend to your audio files, etc.
But don’t worry, Nautilus/Files will remain available.
GNOME Photos allows you to create and add photos to albums and mark pictures as ‘favourite’.
Planned features include Flickr & Facebook integration (via GNOME Online Accounts) and basic image manipulation (crop, rotate, etc).GNOME Music
I have written about GNOME Music in the past and I’m pleased to say it gets better every time I check up on it.
The design and feature set may be minimal at present, being limited to basic playback and management. but a wider set of functionality is planned, including:
- Online/cloud collection features
- Ability to listen to music on attached devices
- audiobook support
Finally, what desktop experience would be complete without its own app store?
GNOME Software is the earliest of all apps on this list in development. But, what the tool currently lacks in code, it more than makes up for in ambition.
GNOME Software aims to make finding, installing and managing applications an easier experience than it is at present.
Could the fresh look of GNOME’s app store win over those who remain unimpressed by the Ubuntu Software Centre’s performance issues?
That we’ll have to wait and see…Release Dates
So, you’ve seen a couple and now you want to play with them?
As stated at the outset of this post these applications are in various stages of development. Some are just getting started (‘Software’), some are pretty unstable or difficult to get running (‘Maps’) while others are perfectly useable (‘Music’) if a little limited.
For more details on all of the apps featured, including links to build instructions for the plucky, you can refer to the GNOME Wiki.Sam Tran contributed to this article
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The next generation of applications will be smarter -- with built-in data, mobile and social capabilities -- and it will be built on private clouds that run on Linux servers, says Arvind Krishna, general manager of development and manufacturing in the Systems & Technology Group at IBM. What's still unclear, however, is the business model for delivering these future applications, he says.
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