Roland Taylor
Last seen July 10, 2019, 3:34 p.m.

Location: Barbados
Age: 31

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 ...

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 ...

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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!).

Find out more about me on my website.