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  • Charles Profitt: Custom Wallpaper

    I recently upgraded to Ubuntu 14.10 and wanted to adorn my desktop with some new wallpapers. Usually, I find several suitable wallpapers on the web, but this time I did not. I then decided to make my own and wanted to share the results. All the following wallpapers were put together using GIMP.

    plain hex template

    Plain Hex Template

    Hex Template Two

    Hex Template Two

    hex with dwarf

    Hex With Dwarf

    Hex Dragon

    Hex Dragon

  • Stephen Michael Kellat: Checking Links Post-Snow

    There may have been a ton of snowfall in the Lake Erie shore region susceptible to "Lake Effect" over the past week. We have had some warming up.

    Thankfully we haven't had infrastructure failures. There had been some fears of that. A week has come to a close and a new one is to begin.

  • Bryan Quigley: Would you crowdfund a $500 Ubuntu “open to the core” laptop?

    UPDATE - I’ve removed the silly US restriction.  I know there are more options in Europe, China, India, etc, but why shouldn’t you get access to the “open to the core” laptop!
    This would definitely come with at least 3 USB ports (and at least one USB 3.0 port).

    Since Jolla had success with crowdfunding a tablet, it’s a good time to see if we can get some mid-range Ubuntu laptops for sale to consumers in as many places as possible.  I’d like to get some ideas about whether there is enough demand for a very open $500 Ubuntu laptop.

    Would you crowdfund this? (Core Goals)

    • 15″ 1080p Matte Screen
    • 720p Webcam with microphone
    • Spill-resistant and nice to type on keyboard
    • Intel i3+ or AMD A6+
    • Built-in Intel or AMD graphics with no proprietary firmware
    • 4 GB Ram
    • 128 GB SSD (this would be the one component that might have to be proprietary as I’m not aware of another option)
    • Ethernet 10/100/1000
    • Wireless up to N
    • HDMI
    • SD card reader
    • CoreBoot (No proprietary BIOS)
    • Ubuntu 14.04 preloaded of course
    • Agreement with manufacturer to continue selling this laptop (or similar one) with Ubuntu preloaded to consumers for at least 3 years.

    Stretch Goals? Or should they be core goals?

    Will only be added if they don’t push the cost up significantly (or if everyone really wants them) and can be done with 100% open source software/firmware.

    • Touchscreen
    • Convertible to Tablet
    • GPS
    • FM Tuner (and built-in antenna)
    • Digital TV Tuner (and built-in antenna)
    • Ruggedized
    • Direct sunlight readable screen
    • “Frontlight” tech.  (think Amazon PaperWhite)
    • Bluetooth
    • Backlit keyboard
    • USB Power Adapter

    Take my quick survey if you want to see this happen.  If at least 1000 people say “Yes,” I’ll approach manufacturers.   The first version might just end up being a Chromebook modified with better specs, but I think that would be fine.

    Link to survey –

  • Jonathan Riddell: Blog Moved

    KDE Project:

    I've moved my developer blog to my vanity domain, which has hosted my personal blog since 1999 (before the word existed). Tags used are Planet KDE and Planet Ubuntu for the developer feeds.

    Sorry no DCOP news on

  • Rafael Carreras: Release party in Barcelona


    Another time, and there has been 16, ubuntaires celebrated the release party of the next Ubuntu version, in this case, 14.10 Utopic Unicorn.

    This time, we went to Barcelona, at Raval, at the very centre, thanks to our friends of the TEB.

    As always, we started with explaining what Ubuntu is and how our Catalan LoCo Team works and later Núria Alonso from the TEB explained the Ubuntu migration done at the Xarxa Òmnia.


    The installations room was plenty from the very first moment.


    There also was a very profitable auto-learning workshop on how to do an Ubuntu metadistribution.



    And in another room, there were two Arduino workshops.



    And, of course, ubuntaires love to eat well.


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    Pictures by Martina Mayrhofer and Walter García, all rights reserved.