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X11 Applications and Unity 8

Tue, 05 Jul 2016 03:14:47 +0000

The buzzword convergence has been bandied about a lot in relation to Ubuntu.  That’s because the plan is to have one single Ubuntu that works the same way across phones, tablets, laptops, desktops, TVs, kiosks, and refrigerators. It’s an exciting idea that some other software environments have also aimed at, but so far have not […]

Previewing the New Unity

Mon, 04 Jul 2016 15:13:48 +0000

Canonical announced a while ago — maybe measurable in multiple dozens of months — that they were rewriting their flagship Unity desktop shell so it can converge the mobile phone and tablet experience with the desktop and laptop experience.  The new Unity is dubbed Unity 8, for which I apologize because the name was my […]

Locally Integrated Menus for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Thu, 20 Feb 2014 20:08:55 +0000

Over the last few months some of the Unity team members have been working hard to get some new features landed in time to be included in the Trusty Tahr due out this April.  One of the most important features that Marco Trevisan has been working on has been what we call “locally integrated menus,” […]

More Trusty Excitement

Tue, 04 Feb 2014 17:58:21 +0000

I have another bit of exciting news on the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS front. One  of the things we’ve done is managed to port the Simple Direct Media layer (SDL) to the Mir display server.  For those of you fortunate enough to not have a clue what the means, SDL is a portability layer used by […]

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Progress on the Converged Desktop

Wed, 29 Jan 2014 21:57:19 +0000

It’s still very early days in Canonical’s efforts to unify the experience from phone to tablet to desktop to TV, but results are starting to trickle in. One of the side projects on my plate is a Unity8 login session you can install alongside the regular Unity7 desktop (or other desktops, your choice). The idea […]

The future looks very small.

Fri, 17 Jan 2014 00:00:46 +0000

I have a new toy. I didn’t get it because I’m hip, although I am, I got it because we’re trying to prepare Unity 7 on the Trusty Tahr (Ubuntu 14.04 LTS) for the next generation of hardware that will be sitting on everyone’s desk (or lap, or table in the coffee shop) within a […]

Ubuntu Desktop Convergence

Fri, 14 Jun 2013 12:00:36 +0000

This is where it starts to get exciting, folks.  The future starts now. Ubuntu is an operating system for the server, the cloud, the desktop, and the mobile device.  One single OS.  That makes it different from Apple’s OSes (Mac OS X on the desktop, iOS on the mobile) and Microsoft’s current OSes (Windows 8 […]

Unity Maintenance for Ubuntu “Saucy Salamander”

Wed, 12 Jun 2013 17:02:49 +0000

Once again Canonical has tasked a team with performing maintenance of the Unity (desktop shell) stack for the upcoming Saucy Salamander release of Ubuntu.  Once again, the focus is on user interface polish and bug fixes.  My team was dedicated exclusively to that effort for the Ubuntu 13.04 release cycle and judging from the complaints […]

Ubuntu Phone and the Ubuntu Desktop

Wed, 02 Jan 2013 18:20:55 +0000

Canonical announced today that there are phones running natively with the Ubuntu experience. I’m excited by this, because I think the Ubuntu experience on the phone is well thought out and coherent. I applaud the teams involved for their hard work and success in getting a working Ubuntu phone into peoples hands for some serious […]

Canonical Targets Unity Shell Maintenance for 13.04

Wed, 19 Dec 2012 15:12:36 +0000

Last October at the Ubuntu Developer Summit in Copenhagen Canonical decided it would dedicate a team of developers exclusively to the task of maintaining and enhancing the Unity desktop shell for the next official release, codenamed Raring Ringtail, scheduled for April of 2013.  I was asked to lead that effort. Over the last several Ubuntu […]