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Autopilot: benefits of early release

by Carla Berkers on 24 May 2016

OpenStack is the leading open cloud platform, and Ubuntu is the world’s most popular operating system for OpenStack. Over the

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Saving ubuntu.com on download day: Caching location specific pages

by Robin Winslow on 28 August 2014

On release day we can get up to 8,000 requests a second to ubuntu.com from people trying to download the new release. In fact, last October (13.10) was the first release day in a long time …

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Unlocking the phone

by Canonical on 2 July 2013

Edges are special to us. We use them for finding apps, tools and system services, so using the edges will be second nature to Ubuntu phone users. By using the launcher, how to launch your favourite …

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Ubuntu Online Tour

by Anthony Dillon on 9 August 2012

We realise that changing Operating System (OS) is a big thing for anyone thinking of testing something out. That becomes a huge barrier for people trying out Ubuntu for the first time and seeing if they …

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Task switching in Ubuntu, and a introduction to ‘The Spread’

by Canonical on 16 March 2012

Introduction to task switching A key part of any operating system user interface is how it enables the user to switch between multiple tasks. In most desktop operating systems tasks are encapsulated into windows, and the …

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About Usability Testing – Recruiting

by Canonical on 2 March 2012

Every three months, I conduct benchmark usability testing. I’m calling these tests ‘benchmark testing’ because the aim of these sessions is to measure our progress towards achieving a great user experience with Ubuntu. Last testing took …

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Testing, testing, testing. It prints!

by Canonical on 2 March 2012

Back in 2008 Nick Ellery noticed that the default printer test page used more ink that it really needed to: Bug #298935 (“test print uses far too much ink”). Millions and millions of these pages get …

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Launcher Reveal Prototype

by Canonical on 6 January 2012

For the multi-monitor design project, we have been making use of prototypes to develop and test some of the finer interactions of the system. One such crucial element is the reveal of the Launcher, particularly as …

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Improving the Multi-Monitor Experience in Ubuntu

by Canonical on 20 December 2011

Over the past few months we have been working on improving the multi-monitor experience in Ubuntu. We took the opportunity at UDS in November to get some feedback on a prototype, which shows how we are …

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Juju: a logo with a story

by Marcus Haslam on 3 November 2011

Mark Shuttleworth’s keynote this week at the Ubuntu Developer Summit includes introducing Juju, including a big slide showing off the new Juju logo. Below is the story of how that logo it came into being. The …

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Ubuntu Arabic, in print!

by Canonical on 15 August 2011

A beta of Ubuntu Font Family Arabic, in print as part of the testing and debugging process for the Arabic coverage.The magazine is an intriguing tri-lingual production published by the Cultural Office of Saudi Arabia in …