Help us organize UbuConLA 2012!
While a lot of you are at UDS, several Latin American LoCos are working hard to organize a local Ubuntu conference. Things are going really well, we’re 4 weeks away, but we’re a little short on funds. Every year the same people who organize it end up having to pay for many things themselves despite…
Making usability part of the development process
For the first year and a half in Canonical I worked with the amazing Launchpad team, with the ambitious goal of building a new user interface, introducing AJAX in an established code base and rolling it all out on time. While all of that was overwhelming in itself, what was more important to me was…
Looking for an awesome new team member
We have very exciting and challenging plans for the future of the new web+mobile Ubuntu One team (more on this soon), and we’re looking for an exceptional web engineer to join us. The summary for this position is: We are looking for an exceptional engineer to work on Ubuntu One’s web infrastructure with a proven…
Help Launchpad get better icons
We’re trying to improve the icons we have in Launchpad so they’re more usable across different cultures and types of users, and our first step is to do some user testing on our current icons. The Canonical User Experience team has set up a survey to gather information on how users see our icons, so…
Launchpad is now fully open source
As promised, Launchpad has been fully open sourced (as opposed to the initial idea, nothing has been held back). Get it now, fix your favorite pet bug, and improve tens thousands of people’s experience. Mark Shuttleworth really deserves a lot of praise for this bold and brave move, open sourcing not only the code, but…
User Experience everywhere
About a month ago, I went to Canonical’s office in London for a sprint, and made good use of my Sunday by visiting the National Gallery. One fantastic thing about London, is the fact that all museums are free, not just because otherwise a few years back I couldn’t of afforded going, but because the…
Loggerhead 1.10 released!
The 1.10 release is mostly a bug fix release. There has been some effort to improve performance, we’ve updated the code to work with bzr 1.10, URLs are now much more user-friendly and permanent and breadcrumbs have been added to make navigation easier. As part of the release, I have also uploaded packages to the…
Do you use bazaar? Let us know!
I bumped into the Who uses bzr page today again, and I’m impressed on how fast it grows, just a few examples: – APT – Drupal – iPython – GNU Mailman – MySQL Are you using it? Add yourself to the wiki!
Gmail now has themes!
I suddenly opened up gmail, and saw a new theme. It turns out, you can now choose from over 30 themes! Screenshot of my spam: Theme options:
Usabilty report on Empathy and Pidgin
I just realized that Matthew Paul Thomas’ blog isn’t on the planet, so for the people who aren’t yet subscribed to his blog, he’s been doing a lot of usability work on Ubuntu, and did a very interesting evaluation on Empathy’s and Pidgin’s usability, helping the desktop team decide with all the facts on the…