The following articles below were published during the month of May 2012 (times are based on UTC):
The beefy Miracle is here! Congratulations to our frenemies at Fedora on their grand new release. We'll be keeping our eye on them to see how they do - compared to Ubuntu 12.04. For full details, downloads, etc: http://fedoraproject.org/ P.S. to a certain someone on G+ who called it Linux 17: Har har. Nice try bro, but it's still just a common garden variety distro.
So, You would have noticed that there have been no updates on the site for a little while. It's not that anyone died or anything. I've just been taking a break from most of my activities on the internet to clear my head, get some time away, and avoid trolls, which was something I needed to do for a while. I shall be back to a good pace of blogging soon :). When I return, I plan to post more in depth, thoughtful posts, than just news, news, and more news. With that aside, how's everyone?
Ammonkeyd seems not only disinterested in Marlin, but in communicating any further, and has not replied any further to any correspondence. Blessings to him in whatever he's moved on to. That said - Marlin is dead. It's unlikely to return either, because he hasn't let anyone else get in at this point. However, there is hope. While I won't give much in terms of details at this point (critical mass is yet to be reached) - the elementary project has decided to fork Marlin to create Files. In fact, you can help, because they need an icon or idea to help spawn one. See here: https://plus.google.com/103492166723055469978/posts/DHgMvQJiG7Y P.S. You need a Google+ account in order to participate.
Look out for more tweet style posts as we dissect the blueprints/plans/notes/etc coming out of UDS. Keep in mind that none of our team members (that I know of) are currently physically present, so we're trying our best to keep up. With that said, another possibility might be the inclusion of Gnome Sushi in Ubuntu 12.10 by default. This would be a great move by Ubuntu, as it would step the OS up a touch. It would also possibly be another area for people to accuse Ubuntu of looking like Mac, but oh well. You can see the full plans here: http://summit.ubuntu.com/uds-q/meeting/20425/desktop-q-gnome-plans-review/
It seems that way: If this is true, then it would mean that Unity will now consist of a single product and a single code base. It could also (quite likely) mean that someone will fork Unity 2D to craft it in their own manner and direction (which would be a good direction to go in of course). Either way, it's all looking good for Ubuntu 12.10.
Unity has received it's first SRU (AFAIK) - in the form of Unity 5.12, which also brings Compiz fixes. Both Unity 3D and Unity 2D have been updated, and both received various bug fixes and minor improvements, though for the most part current users will not notice anything huge. It remains to be seen if we will also get the proposed option to disable to global menu, which may potentially be released as a SRU.
For those of you who were following my adventures in the cloud a few weeks ago, you'll know that one of my greatest frustrations was the lack of a SSH Client in Chrome OS. However, there is now one in the Chrome webstore! James Gifford takes you through on a tour of it. Here is a video showing how it works, and that it sends keyboard shortcuts properly to the terminal. You can download it here.
So, according to ars technica, Skype is now powered by 10000 Linux servers, hosted by Microsoft. The irony... drips. It also stinks. We still don't have a proper Linux client. Normally, I would follow the principle of do unto others as you'd have them do unto you, but in this case, Skype made the first move. So, you know what Skype, go jump in a lake of acid. Until you have respect for us, I have no respect for you.
I have been throwing the idea around for a while to highlight some of our best articles, and possibly some of our not so great articles (think wall of shame). So, this is a call to our readers. We want your nominations for our best, most helful, insightful, or just plain funny articles that we have posted over the last year or so. Just leave us a message with your nomination, and why, and we will take a look at it, do some number crunching, and see if it deserves to be in a Hall of Fame, or on a Wall of Shame.
I've installed Wuala and can recommend it simply because Wuala sees privacy as being important from the start -- all your files are encrypted on your 5GB free drive in the cloud. You have an easy to use, fully-operational, Java client for Windows, OSX, and Linux from the start too. That's right, Linux too. No waiting Linux Folks -- unlike with Google Drive, you're not left out of a 'half-baked' implementation. So, Don't waste your time with DropBox, SkyDrive, GDrive, because NONE is encrypted. No encryption? No dice. Wuala Secure Cloud Storage. Be Safe. Dietrich T. Schmitz Linux Advocate, Human Being [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43EnCOpXD4Q]