Hello, it’s me… GNOME

Yesterday, Mark Shuttleworth posted a blog post about this change, that is going to happen with Ubuntu as we know it now. And the big change is, that starting with Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, we have to say goodbye to Unity and say welcome to GNOME. Yes, you heard it. The loved and hated Unity desktop is going to be replaced. This change also involves no other investment in phones and convergence. Or as Mark would say:

I’m writing to let you know that we will end our investment in Unity8, the phone and convergence shell. We will shift our default Ubuntu desktop back to GNOME for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.

I won’t write more quotes from the post itself, you can just click the link and read it. But I’ll write some of my thoughts about this decision.

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I played ‘Life Is Strange’

Warning: Spoilers may appear in this post!

It was Monday I think, when I was watching PewDiePie’s video, where he mentioned, that he had never cried in a video. After that statement, he cuts it into his video of ‘The Walking Dead’ gameplay, where he actually cries. In that moment, I got into mood to play a game with strong story based on the decisions you make. I even did not have to Google anything. I heard about ‘Life Is Strange’ before and I was ready to try it.

So, I opened up Steam and installed Episode 1 (it was free). I won’t comment about graphics, because my laptop is not capable of running the game at the highest details.

In short: Game tells a story about girl called Max (Maxine), who attends art class at Blackwell Academy. One day in school, she accidentaly discovers, that she has a super power – she can rewind time.

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My Linux story

It was year 2010. Story starts with me running across this Linux and Ubuntu later on. So yeah, Ubuntu was my first Linux distribution. And since it was year 2010, it was Ubuntu 10.10 (maybe 10.04, not sure about that). Ubuntu used Gnome 2 back then. As I’m thinking back, I must have been really patient. Not sure whether it was old kernel, old Ubuntu or just my shitty laptop, but not everything worked as it should. I can remember, that my laptop (or CPU to be more specific) used to run hot, really hot… I mean more than 70° when idle. And I also remember how surprised I was, when I had bought new laptop, that did not have AMD CPU and the temperature was suddenly around 50°.

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Thoughts on Ubuntu Phone OTA-10 update

New update for Ubuntu Phone came out few days ago. So I thought, that I could finally write something here. So here are some of my thoughts on some of the parts of the update. I also came up with this thing in my head. I’m going to ask very simple question after each Ubuntu Phone update: “Would I give Ubuntu Phone to my parents to use it as everyday phone?“. I guess that Canonical is not aiming their phones just on more technical users, so my parents are great example.

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[Kinda reaction] Using open source to preserve privacy and security in online world

The more I start using Linux, the more I’m into Linux stuff. The new thing I have is listening to Linux audio podcasts. I realized, that I like to hear other people’s opinion. And also, since I have been thinking about starting my own podcast, get some ideas maybe. And I heard in one of the podcasts a mention about open source and security and privacy. I don’t mean to say, that authors of the podcast forgot about this or don’t know about this. I just want to write something like reaction to what I heard in the podcast or my addition to what I heard. Something I would add if I was in the podcast, even it would probably need a whole episode for that. I also put a little backstory there.

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[Possible spoilers] My (short) thoughts on the new Star Wars movie

I’m not a hardcore Star Wars fan (I mean the one who dresses up as Chewie for Comic Con). But I do love the movies so I was pretty excited about seeing The Force Awakens. I bought tickets the moment they got on sale. After the premier I tried to avoid spoilers as much as I could and I succeeded. So I came to the cinema totally clear. When the Star Wars logo appeared and music started playing, the excitement got even bigger.

Now to the movie. After watching it, I went online and read some people’s reactions. And to be honest I agree with some of them.

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KDE Plasma and me

I have been using Linux system, especially the ones based on Debian or Ubuntu, for 5 years. I went from good old Gnome 2 through XFCE to Unity. But I always avoided KDE. To be honest, I have never tried it. I had just looked at videos and screenshots and I did not like it. The look reminded me too much of Windows and it was heavier on system resources. But KDE Plasma 5 came. And I think I have changed my mind.

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