Posts Tagged ‘Open Source’

Bits of Tango clarification

Wednesday, October 12th, 2005

Slashdot got it nearly right, but a bit wrong: the Tango Project is about unifying the Open Source desktop, but it isn’t by Steven Garrity and Jakub Steiner alone. Steven and Jakub presented it at the GNOME Summit in Boston over the weekend, but Rodney Dawes, Tuomas Kuosmanen, Anna Dirks (site currently down), and myself all had a lot to do with making it a reality. A few others helped out along the way too, such as Trae McCombs.

In addition, Tuomas recently posted on his blog a bit more about Tango: Remember, Tango is not “yet another theme”, what I am even more interested in is to really look outside our “Gnome/KDE/Whatever” sandbox and try to fix the overall user experience on “Linux Desktop” – we need to co-operate really. Unified look and feel is one step in that direction, and a logical one for me as an artist.

Also of note is Steven Garrity’s post and Jakub Steiner’s post.

Tango Project!

Monday, October 10th, 2005

In addition to BetterDesktop, the Tango Project has finally been announced!

The Tango Desktop Project exists to create a consistent user experience for free and Open Source software with graphical user interfaces.”


A few Tango-style icons

Jakub has a great post which explains Tango more in-depth.

BetterDesktop.org

Monday, October 10th, 2005

Today, Novell is releasing something I (and the rest of the team I’m on) have been working on for a while: BetterDesktop.org, a website which focuses on usability studies and analysis for the Open Source desktop.

S5, a nice web-based presentation solution

Sunday, May 29th, 2005

Hubert, your problems with OOo Impress prompt me to point to something I use for presentations: It’s called S5 — a nice web-standards-based presentation system under the Creative Commons by-sa 2.0 license.

Hula, Open Source mail and calendar server

Tuesday, February 15th, 2005

Today, Novell has announced Hula, a new Open Source project based on NetMail’s code. Hula is a calendar and mail server.

The Hula Logo

I designed the logo, the website, and the web interface for Hula itself and worked with a bunch of great developers while doing so. It was a lot of work and quite fun to help make this project a reality.

Even though it was announced just a few hours ago, it is already generating some buzz in the news — and many people (including those on the new IRC channel #hula, on irc.freenode.net) are psyched.

Nat has a lot of info about Hula on his blog.

Also, check out the screenshots.

Adobe interested in Linux?

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2004

It appears that Adobe, the makers of Photoshop and Illustrator (among other things), seem to be interested in Linux. Also, it looks like they are seriously considering releasing things as Open Source, too.

Just an educated guess: Adobe will probably open source some groundwork for making their apps work nicer on Linux. The list will most likely involve changes in things like the Linux kernel, GTK+, GNOME, font rendering, and in the X server.

After (and/or while) their changes have propogated, they may work on porting and releasing key apps according to some strategy. I’m not sure if that will include the heavy hitters of Adobe Creative Suite, but it would be nice. I’m guessing their first app will probably be a revised Adobe Reader (for the desktop and for Linux-based hand-helds) and then they will follow with their server stuff. Maybe after that time (or during it?) we may see other user-facing apps, like the suite.

Of course, this is all just a total guess and I really don’t know anything more than what CNet says.

GNOME Summit

Wednesday, October 13th, 2004

This past week has been interesting. Both Tuomas and Jimmac have been around, so it has been great hanging out with them. Also, the GNOME Summit was great!

There were a ton of interesting talks at the conference. Of note, the Celestia (check out the screenshots) and Gnoetry speedsessions were both amazing and had everyone captivated. The seeminly never-ending GNOME marketing talk kept going on and on because everyone was interested and there was so many things to discuss. Also, I think part of the appeal was because Luis did such a great job with his note taking; using Tomboy (a really neat note app) was such a great way to keep track of everything.

While at the crazy Stata Center, I met Steven Garrity in person; we hung out a good bit at the show, had lunch, and talked about good things like Firefox, F-Spot, the GNOME desktop, and a bit specifically about Firefox’s widgets.

A whole bunch of us roamed around the wacky building where the summit was being held and took lots of pictures too.