Roland Taylor
Last seen Sept. 19, 2015, 11:38 p.m.

Location: Barbados

WARNING: Sourceforge has gone ROGUE!
May 28, 2015, 12:49 p.m. by Roland Taylor

This is not a joke. First it was GIMP For Windows, now as others are reporting, Sourceforge has turned evil and is now distributing adware and malware with open source software. If you use Sourceforge for any downloads, stop. If you've got Sourceforge links, take them down. Again, this is not a joke. It's one thing for a company to ...

Vivaldi - Ghost Of Opera's Past
Jan. 28, 2015, 10:55 a.m. by Roland Taylor

A new browser is among us, in the form of Vivaldi, and it's all about bring the old to the new. This is a good thing. I didn't think I'd be saying this about a closed-source, yet-another-browser - browser, but a few minutes in, I'm already impressed. If, like me, you've been: On the interwebs for long enough A power ...

What are converged apps?
Aug. 7, 2014, 9:02 a.m. by Roland Taylor

Converge: (of several people or things) come together from different directions so as eventually to meet. Source: Google. With the arrival of Ubuntu Touch and the Ubuntu SDK, there has been a lot of talk about so-called "Converged Apps". But just what are they? One App - Many Faces A "Converged App" is simply an application that can run on ...

Opera Linux has system border support, more stable than ever
July 17, 2014, 11:25 a.m. by Roland Taylor

Well, kind of. As of the latest release, 24.0.1558.3, Opera on Linux has support for system borders, but it seems to only work if you are running under a session other than Unity. Also, Under Unity, you still get right aligned Window controls no matter what setting you've chosen. This should be terribly hard to get used to, but it ...

Audacity, FFMpeg and Libav
June 5, 2014, 12:16 p.m. by Roland Taylor

Audiophiles on Ubuntu, breathe a collective sigh of relief. After much frustration, there is finally a solution to the lack of FFMpeg support in Audacity. Apparently, the problem lay not in Debian/Ubuntu's move from FFMpeg to the much contested fork, but in Audacity's own usage of an outdated version of FFMpeg. However, a new patch has landed, and will be ...

Flappy Gnome: A Flappy Bird Clone (And Tutorial) In Vala
May 9, 2014, 10:02 a.m. by Roland Taylor

If you are mourning the loss of Flappy Bird, and the abject lack of clones (okay, I'm being sarcastic, I admit), then mourn no more! Robert Roth, a Gnome developer, has created a usable clone (in Vala) for the Linux desktop. Along with that, he's written a tutorial for fellow coders (integral with the code as comments). The entire application ...

8 Days Left To Support Project Gooseberry!
April 30, 2014, 10:14 p.m. by Roland Taylor

You may (or may not) have heard, but the Blender Foundation (and many from around the world) are working on what will be the first feature open feature film! I won't bother to go into a myriad of details, but I will say this: Project Gooseberry Needs You! If you can donate, do it! All the information you need is ...

Ubuntu Touch to include "libITCH"
April 2, 2014, 8:21 p.m. by Roland Taylor

You're in an important meeting, your phone is in your bag, so you have it on silent, and you'd hate to have it vibrating all over the table. How will you ever know that you have incoming notifications? Enter libITCH. This revolutionary library for human-interaction allows your phone to use you, the user as a notification centre. No more vibrating ...

I have discovered a taste for DeaDBeeF
April 2, 2014, 1:54 p.m. by Roland Taylor

I don't know why it took me so long, maybe it is my aversion to the overly minimal, but recently, with my computer's age beginning to show showing its ugly head, I've learned to embrace the minimalism that I've been one to avoid. In this quest for peace, I've come across a not-so-new music player, that has made me a ...

Still Around
March 6, 2014, 1:09 p.m. by Roland Taylor

As you may have noticed, things have been quiet around here. But, we have our reasons! And good reasons, by the way. That being said - look out for a slow trickle of tips and tricks from me in the coming weeks. I am taking a break from Linux news for the time being (to be honest, I don't like ...

Inkscape with GTK+ 3
Feb. 10, 2014, 5:03 p.m. by Roland Taylor

A big hello to all you fellow artists out there. If you use Inkscape, you probably know that it is frustratingly slow to make new releases, and as a result, it's lagging behind in the switch to GTK+ 3... or is it? Hax? You may not even notice the difference, but if you know what to look for, you should ...

Gufw 14.04.1 LTS
Feb. 5, 2014, 2:27 p.m. by Roland Taylor

Gufw, the popular GTK interface to "Uncomplicated FireWall" (UFW) has been released, to correspond with the up coming release of Ubuntu 14.04. This new version brings a much simplified interface, and much simplified workflow. This should make it easier for less experienced users to configure their firewall, and quickly secure their computer(s) from external threats. One of the features that ...

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Founder of, now mainly a writer and editor. For the most part, I've handed over my baby (2buntu) to the capable (super-powered) hands of Nathan Osman. I promise you he has super powers (really!).

In the offline world, I'm a web designer, general computer ninja, digital artist (self-taught), writer, preacher, singer and generally... the funny guy. Back to the online world, you can find me on, where I'm one of the community moderators, or view my complete profile on