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This time last year the #Ubuntu  Scope Showdown kicked off!
The second “Ubuntu Scope Showdown” contest has opened for entry — and there are some brilliant prizes up for grabs!
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The GIMP is our favorite image editing app for Linux, and this year it's set to get even better. The development team behind the hugely popular open-source project this week shared word about 'what’s next for GIMP' in 2017. Included are details
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Canonical engineer Ted Gould has put the case for Ubuntu Phone, arguing that mobile carriers will appreciate the 'flexibility' to bundle apps and services.
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Now that Ubuntu Budgie is an official Ubuntu flavor we're excited to see what developers plan to do this cycle — but could that mean a new logo?
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I like the current one after all it is a new UI
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Thrifty and powerful — i like it!
Dell love Linux. That's not a bit of marketing fluff designed to look good writ large on a conference banner, but actual, tangible fact. Today the company announced the immediate availability of the Dell Precision 3520 mobile workstation (that's
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Great news indeed. Ultrabook, workstation and soon AIO as well and all preinstalled! Good to see full power machines with Linux. 
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I'm about to go off-topic, so apologies in advance.

I seriously dislike having to unfollow people, or ban them from commenting on my sites, or block them from following me …But I've decided that this year has to be the year I start doing it — and to stop worrying about who I upset in the process.

I don't profess to be the perfect blogger in possession of an infallible opinion or understanding; nor am I model netizen. I, like everyone, can lose my rag or be immature, or misread a situation.

But something I do not do is spend my time indulging in negative, counter-productive pastimes. If I don't like a website, I won't read it; if I don't like a person, I'll not follow them. And where or when I do have to tell something they might not want to hear, I try to do so in a constructive manner, as a conversation rather than coarse criticism.

Some folk — some who won't get to read this because I'll have blocked them before they log on — have spent year after year sniping, whinging, moaning or being generally aggrieved at whatever I do.

My entire online presence irritates them — and they enjoy being irritated.

For a long time I thought that it must be me. That I am a pretty crap blogger, an unlikeable person, and generally undeserving of encouragement, inclusion, or constructive criticism.

If I wasn't, why would some of #Ubuntu council and community members seem to take such great joy in disparaging at whatever endeavour I turn to, week after week, month after month.

"It must be me", I thought.

It's like, in addition to marking every +OMG! Ubuntu! post that hits the Ubuntu subreddit 'misleading', certain community members were also making me as "misleading"; a phoney; a tryhard wannabe.

> I stopped making YouTube videos because they liked to mock my voice, snipe about about the way I pronounced something, and so on.

> I stopped trying new things, or exploring new topics, because I knew they'd probably pounce on any misstep.

> I stopped writing articles that I wanted to write because I could hear the snarky putdowns and preempt the predictable criticism they'd be ready with.

> I stopped feeling like I was someone who could do something.

Any fault, no matter how trivial in the grand scheme — shock, a typo in a site graphics, writing about a topic in an accessible way, — they'd use it to justify the way they feel about me and my site.

The faceless internet (the eggs, the greyed out silhouettes) are one thing, but when you see people who people you respect respect pick at your entire …life, essentially, as "misleading", "clickbait", "crap", "amatuer", "not good", and all the other phrases … it can get a bit too much.

And so that's why I'm writing this out (or rather, transcribing what I spoke aloud). I don't have room for the constant negative background hum. It's too much, too often, for too long.

So this year i'm going to be blocking people — not people who disagree, that's fine, but people who only seem to want to disagree or find fault.

Life's too short. Don't hate me for it.


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+Andrei Zisu​ I'm curious: what parts are ignored? 
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Five years ago today, we were writing about this diminutive oddity.
Measuring at less than 100mm wide and 17mm thick with a dinky 3" screen, the Ben NanoNote might just be the world's smallest Linux laptop for the traditional definition of the word. While pulling this out in public might get you a few odd looks, the Ben NanoNote actually runs a relatively feature rich piece of software called OpenWRT. It also happens to boast entirely open hardware and software, which not only makes it crazy small, but also St...
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One of the niftiest little apps I've come across in a while!
VidCutter is a free open-source app that you can use to trim video, cut video and join video clips quickly, without needing to re-encode them.
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Last August Canonical shared design mockups of a new, converged Terminal app it wants to offer on its new Unity 8 desktop. Now the app exists. The current development version is not perfect, polished or feature complete, but it is looking more like the mockups than earlier versions
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Lots of terminals have tabs/panes. This one seems no different than any other. The need for this one seems less than any others though as any terminal is just as "convergent" as it will ever be. Simply make a better keyboard instead. The one I use on Android is full-size, or optionally limited, and I much prefer using it anywhere text is to be input, terminal or not.
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Little, but important steps to keep Unity 7 ticking over nicely.
Unity low graphics mode on Ubuntu will soon be easier to enable thanks to a new option added to the Unity Control Center app.a
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Little, but important steps to Full tường nhé+Joe Sneddon
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I posted a video to my YouTube for the first time in years earlier, which (naturally) led me to look at all my old videos from as long as 10 years ago!

So here's proof I used to use Windows! ;D

Tbh, this (rather bizarre) video stands out because I can so very vividly remember making it. I can feel the room... what the weather was like... the temperature... the smell... what was on my desk, and what was going on around me.

It was a pretty bright, warm, sunny day, Petula (the 3-legged cat) was (finally) downstairs, but my mother was outside in the garden chatting to a friend so loudly that I had to do endless retakes to get audio that didn't have her giggling in it!

All the times over the years that I brush past or remember this video that is what I remember most: Mum... being loud... and having to edit her out.

Which, it turns out, is something of a bittersweet irony.

I made this video on June 30, 2008. Seven years later, on the same day, my mum died.

Now I'd give anything to be able to edit her laugh back in to this video.

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This high-spec 7-inch laptop will be available to buy pre-loaded with Ubuntu 16.04 LTS in February — but is it too small?
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