Roland Taylor
Last seen Oct. 7, 2016, 4:40 p.m.

Location: Barbados
Age: 28

Vivaldi supports Skype video calls on the web
Oct. 7, 2016, 4:49 p.m. by Roland Taylor

Just a quick post to let you know that Skype Video calls are supported on Vivaldi. I've tested this on the latest snapshot build but if I'm not mistaken it should work on the current release of Vivaldi as well. Now, I'm not sure how long this has been the case, but I assume it's pretty recent, since I normally ...

LibreOffice Impress Transitions Work With Sandybridge Graphics Once Again!
Aug. 25, 2016, 11:49 a.m. by Roland Taylor

If (like me), you're "fortunate" enough to still have some sandybridge graphics lying around (for daily use), and you use LibreOffice impress, then you might have noticed that in recent builds (5.1.x) transitions were mostly broken. This was occurring because recent changes in the OpenGl backend were not compatible with Intel's Sandybridge graphics (or the other way around, to be ...

LibreOffice GSoC will bring some much needed UI improvements
May 9, 2016, 1:14 p.m. by Roland Taylor

LibreOffice is participating in the Google Summer Of Code this year, and while this is no gaurantee of anything (as nothing in life is ever 100% certain), some interesting work is planned for the UI. The most notable (IMO) are: "Area Fill Options Made Consistent" One of the biggest peeves when working with LibreOffice (something I do every week, even ...

Tech Giants: Modernize Your Motivations
April 3, 2016, 2:12 p.m. by Roland Taylor

This is not a rant. It is a word of advice to companies which produce software or hardware that Linux users may use. It has been sitting in my drafts for a while, but I feel it is still worth releasing, even if those whom it may concern will probably never read it. So, you are a Tech Giant. At ...

A LONG awaited feature is coming to LibreOffice Impress
April 3, 2016, 1:55 p.m. by Roland Taylor

Have you ever been doing an Impress presentation, noticed a glaring flaw, and felt that overwhelming embarassment of knowing that you can't do anything about it without stopping the running presentation? Yes? Well... chin up, friend. Hope is on the horizon! The hope comes in the form of recent activity on this bug, which has been around since 2011 (COME ...

Update on Openshot 2.0 Review
April 3, 2016, 1:42 p.m. by Roland Taylor

Well, after trying to edit a short clip in Openshot 2.0 (latest beta), for about half and hour, I repeatedly ran into a major show stopper. It literally uses all of the available CPU resources (all logical cores). This occurs if you: Try to watch or preview a clip more than once. Try to select a position on the timeline. ...

Canonical Announces Ubuntu Windows Remix, To Become Full Ubuntu Flavour
March 31, 2016, 2:53 p.m. by Roland Taylor

If you weren't sure the world is ending, Canonical and Microsoft have completely sealed the deal this time. Ubuntu Windows Remix logo Just one day after Microsoft announced the unthinkable - Linux (well, Bash, mainly) on Windows, Canonical has announced a new, mixed-source spin of the Ubuntu you know and love, with a Windows 10 interface (including the good ole' ...

How to install Openshot 2.0
Feb. 4, 2016, 10:47 a.m. by Roland Taylor

If, like me, you use Openshot regularly (though I'm planning to switch back to Kdenlive fully after many years away from it), then you've probably encountered the crashes, freezes, and other issues that come with this otherwise great and amazing video editor. Now, Video Editing experts, please, hold your criticism - I'm not making movies here (yet). However, you've probably ...

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 ...

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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!).

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