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Iain Farrell

Sign saying closed for winter used in relation to our final freeze before release
Photo by Ralph courtesy of Flickr

Normally we spend a lot of time thinking about how to work on things in a an open way. This week the big news was all about closure as the final freeze on the desktop for 10.10 is now upon us. This means that we enter a period of bug fixing and the focus of design work shifts more towards 11.04 as we start to prepare for UDS in October.

As this week was the freeze a lot of time has been spent on the desktop filing bugs, submitting content and making sure that the next few weeks are just about refinement.

In support of this Robbie has posted the following video. I await the final edit with glee.

Perfection is coming

Those of you running Maverick already will have noticed the new wallpaper has made it into the release. Maverick final wallpaper
We’re really pleased with the outcome. Otto will doubtless read your comments, we were hoping for some words from him but sadly he’s not well so get well soon chap!

We’ve also been working on the t-shirts for 10.10 to be handed out at UDS – but more on these and an exciting shirt related project soon. In the meantime you’ll have to cope with this teaser ;) What's that!? Mystery image

And finally, I’m away next week* so there will be a bumper double edition of this week in design when I’m back!

Have a great weekend!


*since you asked I’m riding my new motorbike to Scotland :)

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Iain Farrell

I don’t want to sound like a broken record but “PHEW! What a week”. Next Thursday will be our final freeze for Maverick. After this point it’s full steam ahead bug fixing, checking translations and making sure everything is ready for the release on the 10th Ocotober.

The main news from the design team is that a lot of us are working on bug fixes and the last changes to the desktop. Otto’s been hard at it on a new wallpaper and we’ll talk to you more about that next week. The release is really stabalising now and if you’ve not yet upgraded as I’ve said in previous posts hop on over to the dailies server and try it out. At least whack it on a USB stick and boot from it. You’ll be a happier richer human being for it*.

On the font typeface front you’ve no doubt enjoyed the updates this week from our guest bloggers at Dalton Maag. There’s more to come and if you haven’t looked I encourage you to take a look at Bruno’s post about the slant on the Hebrew characters.

As promised Lilly introduced herself in a fine post and followed that with a report on dConstruct. UK readers may be aware of dConstruct, an annual conference on design held in Brighton on the south coast of England. It looks like it was a great event this year and I’d encourage you to go and look up the talks online – you can listen to them in their podcasts section.

And also on the team front we announced that we are hiring!

And finally … we ended this week by taking a look at some of the new things that are and will soon be appearing on the Ubuntu shop. The one that really took our fancy was the travel mouse which is already available!

Lovely Ubuntu merchandise

And on that shamelessly self promoting note thanks for all your comments and feedback. Have a great weekend!

* Canonical and Ubuntu in no way guarantee that you’ll be a happier richer human being once you’ve tried Maverick. Perhaps boot and watch this video. It’s the best I can do … it’s late on Friday and I want to go home …

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Iain Farrell

This week was a short one in the UK but it seems as though we set out to fill it with as much as we possibly could! For a start we hit beta this week. If you’ve not upgraded to Maverick, you really should. We all have and are enjoying the updated Radiance and Ambiance themes. On the subject of arrivals we also welcomed Lilly to our web team this week – we’ll set her up on the blog in the coming weeks and coax a post or two out of her.

Elsewhere in the world of the web Ale asked you guys why you use Ubuntu. We’d love more input into this thread so if you have ideas leave them in the comments and join in the conversation. Another post which got a lot of interest this week was Otto’s post about the default wallpaper. This explains in some detail the idea behind our approach to this design and we’ll be updating you and hopefully roping some of into helping us make our grander ideas a reality in the next cycle.

Away from the blog we’ve been busily working on the font family which is extremely close to being ready to share more widely. We have a few bugs we want to review and in the next week we’ll be adding milestones to the project and assigning some bugs to future releases so everyone can see what we’re focusing on fixing in time for 10.10. The release is by no means finished in October. Much will be added and refined over time. More on that from the Dalton Maag team soon.

Maverick on netbook and desktop is also taking up a lot of our time as we work closely with the platform and DX teams to make sure all the work we do and that is contributed by you guys in the community, is rolled into the next release. Unity in particular is coming together and if you’ve not tried it yet you really should!

We also wished Charline “Bon Voyage” as she set off to Japan to take part in the EPIC conference and she’ll be talking about her experiences once she’s back from there.

And lastly, while we’re on the subject of travel, I got an e-mail this morning from Rick. He’s apparently still traveling and bumped into Jane at Linux Con. I await with interest the next mail I get from my missing statue! :)

Have a great weekend – especially our lucky American cousins who get a nice long weekend!

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Iain Farrell

Rocking out with a guitar

In honour of a comment made about design this week, we are rocking out as the heading to this weeks update on work in the design team.

One area we’re rocking out HARD is the papercuts. Vish now informs me that we’ve fixed over 80 which will hopefully put us on track to get 100 done this cycle. But we’re close to UI and beta freeze which is next Thursday – 26th August. If you’ve been meaning to get involved now’s your time to shine! You can find out more about the project in Launchpad by clicking this link.

While on the subject of collaboration let’s talk type. Our little font is no longer alone and has grown into a small but perfectly formed family. Regular and bold are being tested with their italic versions and the team at Dalton Maag explained to us where that italic variation finds its roots in an earlier post. There will be another update to the files on Monday of next week so keep an eye out for the updated package filtering through to you and check out the release notes. Thanks again to Paul Sladen for helping with the triage and release notes. Much appreciated!

We’ve also been working hard this week on updates to the new theme for Ubuntu 10.10. Otto has had to take a couple of days off but has been working hard with Andrea to continue to work on the theme and we hope to have an update, discussion of some of the user feedback and ultimately new files out to you all to play with next week.

And finally we’re ending the wallpaper contest today. You can still take part by posting your pictures to our flickr group. A few people have asked if there’s a way to get involved in sharing their wallpaper without using Flickr. Sadly there isn’t at the moment. Flickr is home to a lot of great photographers and also a great tool for us managing submissions. It’s also a great place to find wallpapers if you don’t take to the ones we select – although we hope you like them, obviously :)

I’ll be contacting previous winners shortly and starting to gather suggested winners to get these into the release next week.

And I think that’ll do for now. Have a splendid weekend!

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