Today is an exciting day for 2buntu. The 2buntu team has been hard at work behind the scenes working on something amazing. Today, one day before the release of Trusty, we are pleased to unveil the new 2buntu.
This article is going to be quite long and detailed since we have a number of new and exciting things to announce. But keep reading - there are things mentioned below that you don't want to miss!
As of today, our new site design is live. We think you'll love it. Although our old design served us well, it was becoming dated and was causing our designer (Nathan) all sorts of griefs. So the decision was made to create a new theme based off of Bootstrap 3 and you can see the results for yourself.
We didn't just create a new theme. We created a new website.
That's right, we completely rewrote the 2buntu blog from scratch. Not only did we rewrite the blog from scratch, but as of today, the 2buntu blog is now 100% open-source. We have published the code under the Apache License v2.0 on GitHub.
This means you can run a local copy of the blog engine on your computer. This also means you can use parts of our codebase in your own projects (although we would like to politely remind everyone that the "2buntu" trademark is not covered by the license). We also hope it means more people will contribute code and help make 2buntu even better.
All new content published from this day forward will be released under a Creative Commons license (CC BY-SA 4.0). A selection of our existing articles have been released under this license as well.
Feel free to duplicate our content under the terms of the license. Just remember to provide attribution by listing the source of the content.
Right from the start, 2buntu has been committed to bringing you the latest news on everything Ubuntu. This includes new software releases, policy changes, and any announcement we thought would interest our readers. One of our challenges has always been writing extended articles as soon as breaking news is available.
We are now taking a different approach. Instead of writing an entire article for every little announcement, we now have a separate news section on our home page and a Twitter account that tweets the same content. We will still continue to write articles for important news updates.
As many of you already know, 2buntu has an Android app. What you probably didn't know is that we now have an Ubuntu Touch app! Hooray!
Simply enter "2buntu" in the dash to find our app (in the Applications scope) and give it a spin. Here's a little screenshot of our app in action:
This app is still in its really early stages, but as far as we know, it works. Just install it on your Ubuntu Touch device and you will be able to browse articles straight from your phone. Expect a lot more features to arrive later on.
Rest assured, we know how uncomfortable everyone gets when the word "advertising" is mentioned on a blog. We have no intention of littering our beautiful blog with a bunch of ads. However, we feel that there are many Ubuntu (and Linux) hardware and software vendors who would benefit from promoting their products here.
In our opinion, this is a win for everyone. Vendors get a chance to convince visitors that their product is really awesome. Visitors get a chance to see what vendors are cooking up for them. And, of course, we benefit by reducing our out-of-pocket costs a little bit.
These ads will be limited exclusively to products that relate to Ubuntu or Linux. We don't want to waste space advertising pharmaceuticals that nobody wants. If you are a vendor interested in advertising, please visit our advertising page.
We have made a lot of other, more minor changes to the website as well. Here's a summary of what else is new:
We have added OpenSearch support to our website. This means that if you use Firefox, you can add our Blog to your browser's list of search engines. Chrome will automatically remember the website and you can search the site by typing "2buntu.com" and pressing the tab key.
Our article editor has more toolbar buttons and a helpful warning when you try to leave the page with unsaved changes.
We've added some stats to the "About Us" page. For example, you can keep an eye on how many articles are in the database and how many registered users we have.
And what would all of these amazing features be without a giveaway? Our very own Amith has two limited-edition 50 GB Box.com accounts that he is willing to part with. Click the link below to enter:
Now that Ubuntu One is shutting down, many of our readers have begun looking for alternatives. Although it's a little tricky, it is possible to use Box for file storage on Ubuntu.
Well, now you know why we were so excited. We will have more cool feature announcements in the coming days - we simply ran out of time to complete all of them! Our focus during the next few days will be on Trusty's release tomorrow.
Remember, 2buntu is about you. We are always looking for new authors, so if this sounds like something you would like to get involved in, then please click the "Join" link in the top-right corner of the page.
We also value your feedback. Let us know what you think about all of our exciting new announcements in the comment section below.
Download the official 2buntu app for both Android and Ubuntu Touch.