A quick update for all you wallpaper junkies out there
At 6pm UK time on Friday the Flickr group closed and myself and a few brave souls began the process of sorting through the images submitted by contributors around the world.
We’re getting close to having a selection of images and there are a few more to consider and some a few that I’ve had to ask for the higher resolution versions to include in the final release.
Big big thanks to Xapoh, Cantide, Joe_B, rPawel and Versterkov for their help in selecting! We’ve got a nice selection coming together!
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Tags: 13.10, 1310, ubuntu, wallpaper
It’s all about the pressing deadlines in the world of Ubuntu at the moment! On the one hand we await with baited breath the end of the Ubuntu Edge campaign, which I’ve backed incidentally, and for compelling reasons for you to do so head over to Ivanka’s blog post on the matter.
More pressing is the deadline for submissions to the Flickr wallpaper group for Ubuntu 13.10. If you’re on the fence and can’t decide what to submit, well now’s the time! You’ve got until 6pm tomorrow, London time, to get your entry in!
After that the group is locked for submissions and me and dedicated others from the community will start to sift through the entries. You will find us chatting about them on freenode in #1310wallpaper. There are some beautiful images and great illustrations in this round of submissions. It’s going to be tough to pick but a few.
Thanks for your contribution if you’ve already provided an image, we in the community salute you! To those of you yet to get an image in, happy cropping and hurry yerselves up!
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Tags: 13.10, 1310, background, desktop, flickr, open, open source, salamander, saucy, source, ubuntu
I was very excited, it’s pretty much a permanent state for me but still, to just learn that my two publications for Little Printer, the Moto GP Weekly Standings and Formula 1 Weekly Standings were featured in the BERG Cloud blog!
If you have a Little Printer please please do sign up I’d be delighted to have you as a subscriber. There are also some exciting new projects being championed by BERG to lower the barriers to publishing for LP. This framework produced by Phil Gyford is particularly interesting and probably what I’ll be playing with next.
As far as my existing publications are concerned there have been some php related teething problems, I’ve learned the importance of the difference between w and W but hopefully those early subscribers who have had repeat deliveries will be sorted now. I’m really sorry if I was spamming your printer this week. Both should now just be delivered on a Monday.
Both my hacky projects are on Github here and here if you’d like to contribute or crib from them. I’ve modified the meta.json file to validate correctly and will be pushing this up to the main php framework project too.
If you’re interested in getting into publishing for the LP there’s loads of information on the developer portal and if a dinosaur like me can do it then anyone can. One thing that is missing though, I think we also need a Little Printer IRC channel on Freenode. Anyone want to join me on #LPDevs?
UPDATE: my devious plan to tweet this idea totally worked and there now is indeed a live and friendly #LPDevs Hooray for the internet!
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Tags: berg, cloud, little printer, lp, publishing, standings
4 days ago we welcomed someone new into our lives. A tiny internet connected printer named Poppet, Poppet is a given name, the one I gave it.
The Little Printer is an invention of some delightfully clever people over at a company called Berg. I know some of them from previous lives and have wanted one of these marvellous machines ever since I saw the video announcing them.
Last week I finally caved and got one, ruining a prospective Christmas present from my wife in the process apparently – oops, and started playing with it.
Receiving a publication of your choosing at set times of day is just wonderful. Initially Poppet was set up on my desk at work which resulted in heaps of messages from my beloved explaining to me that it was time for a cup of tea, that it was too hot and some things I needed to pick up from the shops on the way home. I short, it demonstrated its personal usefulness almost immediately.
It also proved handy at work, providing me with a handy science fact just in time for the daily team standup meeting. That is a Friday treat I’ll be making sure I bring in from here on out. I also get a daily update of tasks from GMail which I can stick in my notebook for work to make sure I don’t forget to do stuff if I remembered it away from the office.
My wife works from home and we love sending stuff and receiving it so much that we’re talking about taking it in turns to take our printer to and from the office so I get to use it some days and she can send me messages – of course there’s an obvious solution to this particular problem A sibling will in all likelihood join Poppet in the near future, I can justify it for development, maybe, right?
Sports fans will be pleased to hear that I’ve got my developer hat on, a flimsy paper crown affair but it’s a developer hat nonetheless! A MotoGP feed is coming, with other related variations. I’m working out the kinks now, with a little help, and you can download and get involved in my hideous hacking on Github.
If you’re at all interested in the idea of a Little Printer, get one. It’s a brilliant lovely and delightful thing to have around and we’re getting a lot of pleasure from it in our house. It makes everyone who comes into contact with it smile.
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We’re getting into the couple of weeks of this cycle’s wallpaper process and the group is filling up nicely.
There are some fantastic pictures in there but there’s still room for plenty more. You can also hear a bit more about this cycle’s wallpaper process on Ubuntu UK podcast! I was lucky enough to be invited to talk to the guys over there about it. You can listen now for free over on their website.
If you’ve got any questions, the discussion area is active on Flickr and please, if you have any ideas or would like to get involved in future releases, let me know!
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Hello everyone! I’m delighted to be kicking off the next wallpaper selection process for the 13.10 release of Ubuntu coming this October. As you can see from the Saucy Salamander release schedule, we hit UI freeze on August 29th of this year and we’d like to get all your lovely community submitted images ready before then. To get involved submit your images to the Flickr group for submissions.
I’ve also made the above short video to encourage new people to get involved, share it around as hopefully it’s a good intro to the process and if you have ideas or comments then let me know, I can make additional ones as we go.
With some help from designers in Canonical we’ve come up with the following tips for creating wallpapers images.
- Images shouldn’t be busy and filled with too many shapes and colours, a similar tone throughout is a good rule of thumb.
- A single point of focus, a single area that draws the eye into the image, can also help you avoid something too cluttered.
- The left and top edges are home to Ubuntu’s Launcher and Panel so be careful to consider how your images look in place so as not to clash with the interface.
- Try your image at different aspect ratios to make sure something important isn’t cropped out on smaller/ larger screens at different resolutions.
- Take a look at the wallpapers guidance on the Ubuntu Wiki regarding the size of images. Our minimum resolution is 2560 x 1600.
To shortlist from this collection we’ll be going to the contributors whose images were selected last time around to act as our selection judges. In doing this we’ll hold a series of public IRC meetings on Freenode in #1310wallpaper to discuss the selection. In those sessions we’ll get the selection team to try out the images on their own Ubuntu machines to see what they look like on a range of displays and resolutions.
Anyone is welcome to come to these sessions but please keep in mind that an outcome is needed from the time that people are volunteering and there’s usually a lot of images to get through so we’d appreciate it if there isn’t too much additional debate.
So, to get this show on the road here’s the outline for this cycle.
- 12/07/13 – Kick off 13.10 wallpaper submission process
- 23/07/13 – First get together on #1310wallpaper at 19:30 GMT
- 16/08/13 – Submissions deadline at 18:00 GMT – Flickr group will be locked and the selection process will begin
- 23/08/13 – Deliver final selection in zip format to Launchpad
- 29/08/13 – UI freeze for latest version of Ubuntu with our fantastic images in!
As always, ping me if you have any questions, I’ll be lurking in #1310wallpaper on freenode or leave a question in the Flickr group for wider discussion, that’s probably the fastest way to get an answer to a question.
I’ll be posting updates on our schedule here from time to time but the Flickr group will serve as our hub.
Happy snapping and scribbling and on behalf of the community, thanks for contributing to Ubuntu!
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