We had the Trusty Tahr Release Party today at the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB), Dhaka. It was the official Ubuntu 14.04 release party of Ubuntu Bangladesh LoCo teamin cooperation with “ULAB Computer Programming Club”. This time, we did it within two days of the release of Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty Tahr). To arrange the party successfully, we had to arrange several meetings with the members and the volunteers. We got an overwhelming participants responses for this party. More than 150 people confirmed to attend the party via Facebook and other online means. A volunteer team of 20 people helped us tremendously to manage this party.
We, had the Precise Pangolin party today at Shroma Palace, Dhanmondi, Dhaka. It was the official Ubuntu 12.04 release party of Ubuntu Bangladesh LoCo team. You must be surprised – why on earth the release party was delayed two weeks! Well … we have some political unrest situations here in Bangladesh, which forced us to arrange the party after two weeks of the actual release date.
We’re almost 10 people there. Well… theoretically there should be more than 50 people, at least our facebook event announcement page showed that kind of figure. But unfortunately there are less than that. In the evening we have some light storm (locally known as the Kalboishakhi) out there, may be that is the reason behind that low scoring crowd.
I am a Lucid Lynx user for exactly the last two years. I am a big fan of LTS releases and that’s why I only use LTS releases. I was waiting for the next LTS release, I did not even remove Lucid for Maverick, Natty and Oneiric. And after two long years, here I am with my new LTS release – Precise Pangolin. This release comes with the new Unity interface of canonical. Probably Unity is the most controversial thing which the Ubuntu community (as well as other Linux communities) got since the birth of Ubuntu. Lots of people hate it as well as lots of them love it. Theres wasn’t a single when people wouldn’t say – “Okay … that’s it, I am moving to Mint (or Arch or SUSE or any other distro)”. I myself thought Unity was not matured enough then, it was like a little baby which needed time to make its first step. After three releases, here we are having a Unity desktop with Precise. What do I think about it? Well … lets’ take a walk then.
Well … I am not talking about my office’s poster, rather these are the poster that I hung earlier in this week on my office room wall. My wall looked very much empty. So empty that I felt somewhat uneasy. Feeling uneasy about a room is not a good thing, specially if the room is your office room, where you spend almost your whole daytime. To diminish the unease and (of course) to beautify my room, I decided to decorate it with some posters.
Seven years ago, on the 20th of October, 2004, Mark Shuttleworth and the warm-hearted Warthogs of the Warty Teamannounced the first official Ubuntu release – Ubuntu 4.10, code name “Warty Warthog”. That was only the first representative in a line of operating systems that were made by the human beings for the human beings, aiming to let non-tech normal people use Linux.
I’ve not notice this site earlier. The site contains a huge countdown timer for the latest Ubuntu release (right now it is showing the count down for the upcoming release Oneiric Ocelot aka Ubuntu 11.10). Seems a cool initiative to promote Ubuntu. The site is created by the Ubuntu-Adverts team (I am not sure whether they are an official part of Canonical or not). And the site has cool tag line too -
A whole new world. A whole new computer.
Well … the downside of the site is, there are no clues on what Ubuntu is or what the new release will bring – neither in the body nor in the site title. I hope that with that kind of tag line, the non-Linux users may take notice.
As it is mentioned in OMG! Ubuntu, Jon McCann – a GNOME pioneer, indicated that the future of GNOME can be turned in to an OS. He said,
The future of GNOME is as a Linux based OS. It is harmful to pretend that you are writing the OS core to work on any number of different kernels, user space subsystem combinations, and core libraries. That said, there may be value in defining an application development platform or SDK that exposes higher level, more consistent, and coherent API. But that is a separate issue from how we write core GNOME components like the System Settings.
It is free software and people are free to port GNOME to any other architecture or try to exchange kernels or whatever. But that is silly for us to worry about.
Kernels just aren’t that interesting. Linux isn’t an OS. Now it is our job to try to build one – finally. Let’s do it.
I think the time has come for GNOME to embrace Linux a bit more boldly.
Like the all previous releases, Ubuntu officially published the countdown banner for Natty Narwhal (11.04). For using the official countdown banners for Natty on your website, head to the countdown page to grab the embed code and paste the code into your website. Take a look at the banners below.
Well… if you are not satisfied with the official banners, you can also use the ‘unofficial’ banners created by Valentin. Grab the code from Valentin’s website to show the banner on your website. Take a look at the Valentin’s banner.
And if you are way too advance, want to showoff the countdown banner for Oneiric Ocelot (11.10), which has not started to form at all, then you are just in luck! Valentin also designed some banners for Oneiric Ocelet too. Take a look at the banners below and grab the code for your website!