Ubuntu GNOME Trusty Tahr Beta 1 has been released


Ubuntu GNOME Team is happy to announce the release of Ubuntu GNOME Trusty Tahr Beta 1.

Please see the release notes.

We’re preparing Ubuntu GNOME 14.04, the Trusty Tahr, for distribution in April 2014. With this early Beta 1 release, you can see what we are trying out in preparation for our next version. We have some interesting things happening, so read on for highlights and information.

This is a Beta 1 Release. Ubuntu GNOME Beta Releases are NOT recommended for:

  • Regular users who are not aware of pre-release issues
  • Anyone who needs a stable system
  • Anyone uncomfortable running a possibly frequently broken system
  • Anyone in a production environment with data or workflows that need to be reliable

Ubuntu GNOME Beta Releases are recommended for:

  • Regular users who want to help us test by finding, reporting, and/or fixing bugs
  • Ubuntu GNOME developers

To help with testing Ubuntu GNOME:
Please see Testing Ubuntu GNOME Wiki Page.

To contact Ubuntu GNOME:
Please see our full list of contact channels.

Thank you for choosing and testing Ubuntu GNOME!

Call for Testing Trusty Tahr Beta 1 Candidate


It is the Beta 1 week for Trusty Tahr and now, we do need your help to test this build of Ubuntu GNOME Trusty Tahr urgently so that we could release the Beta 1.

This is a call for testing for all testers of Ubuntu GNOME. Please, help as much as you can.

We had broken images for a week due to some bugs and there are likely to be lots of changes with the recent build (which is our Beta 1 candidate) so basically, we need everyone to start testing ASAP πŸ™‚

For Testing, please see: Testing Ubuntu GNOME

If you have any question, please join Ubuntu GNOME QA Team and send your questions or feedback to the mailing list.

Please understand that reporting bugs should not be on the mailing list but you do need to follow the correct procedure – please see this.

As always, thank you for testing and your endless support!

Let’s make Ubuntu GNOME Trusty Tahr (Beta 1) as solid as rock πŸ™‚

Wiki & Documentation Team Weekly Report


I’m glad to announce that Ubuntu GNOME Wiki & Documentation Team has finished all the assigned tasks for Trusty Tahr Cycle and starting from today until the final release of Ubuntu GNOME Trusty Tahr, The Wiki & Documentation Team will go through all the pages and try to polish and improve any page that needs any kind of improvement, if any.

Wiki & Documentation Team Roadmap for Trusty Tahr Cycle:
Wiki & Docs Roadmap for Trusty : Implemented successfully.

Ubuntu GNOME HOWTOs : Implemented successfully.

Accessibility Wiki Page : Implemented successfully.

Installing Ubuntu GNOME Wiki Page : Implemented successfully.

Terminal Tutorial : Deferred.

Very Important Wiki pages to be updated alwaysPlease Note this is not a cycle specific blueprint, hence it is NOT part of any roadmap : Informational.


Special Thank:
I’d like to thank Ivan and James for everything – their excellent work, great support and high quality contributions. Thank you so much and keep the great work up!
I have enjoyed working with you. That was a great experience. It might be hard to believe the only 3 of us have done all that in a very short period (considering we do have a real-life) but since we have put our trust in each other and our faith in :

“All of Us Are Smarter Than Anyone of Us.”

What seemed hard to achieve, was an easy mission and fun. That is the power of collaboration.

If you have any feedback, suggestions, notes, etc … please feel free to Contact Us!

Interested to help?
If you have the passion for Wiki and Documentation and/or you like Ubuntu GNOME and would like to do something in return for all the happy moments with this system, you’re more than welcome to join us:

Ubuntu GNOME Wiki and Documentation Team

See Also: Getting Involved with Ubuntu GNOME.

As always, thank you for reading this report πŸ™‚

Founder and Leader of Ubuntu GNOME Wiki & Docs Team

This is considered as ‘the wrap up report of Ubuntu GNOME Wiki & Docs Team for Trusty Tahr Cycle’ and most likely, we have no more reports to share unless there is something new.

Artwork Team Weekly Report


Part of our new plan to publish more news about Ubuntu GNOME Team and/or Sub-Teams reports; this week, we would like to share with all of you our weekly report for Ubuntu GNOME Artwork Team.

Just a reminder, Ubuntu GNOME Marketing and Communications Team usually publish monthly reports. And, last week, Ubuntu GNOME Wiki and Documentation Team has published a weekly report for one of the most recent achievements or work done.

Ubuntu GNOME Artwork Team’s Weekly Report
Alfredo HernΓ‘ndez, Artwork Team Leader has shared his team’s report for the last week:

So far, the tasks which are done:
1. Update the logo on our Social Media Channels.
2. Finish the Wallpaper Contest submission period.

Current Tasks (not yet done):
1. Select wallpaper contest winners. The process will be explained when everything is ready.
2. Review ubiquity slides. Now that we are approaching Beta 1 we are ready to move on and rethink the features we are promoting and how they are described.
3. StartUbuntu: we only need a nice description of Ubuntu GNOME to finish the flyers.

“It may seem lots of work but we’ll make it without problem if we organise well.

Now a general comment on this cycle work:
We’ve made mistakes in our work flow and our external communications, but I’m sure we’ll be a lot more organised for 14.10.”

Report was sent to the Artwork Mailing List and the general mailing list.

Thanks to Alfredo and his team for all the work done and we highly appreciate his honesty and for being open. This is the quality we always talked about. Be honest, direct and open and share everything about the project whether it is good or not. The mistakes that Alfredo has mentioned will be avoided with the next cycle because we have addressed these issues and we have learned from that.

Thank you for reading!


Closing the Wallpaper Contest

Closing the Wallpaper Contest for Ubuntu GNOME Trusty Tahr Cycle


Ubuntu GNOME Artwork Team has announced the end of the wallpaper contest submission for Ubuntu GNOME Trusty Tahr:

Hello everyone,

Due to so many Wallpapers Submissions, we are closing the contest for
Trusty Tahr Cycle before the deadline we have previously set. That
said, the submission is over now πŸ™‚

We have a massive number of submissions already πŸ˜€

We would like to thank each and everyone who participated in our very
first wallpaper contest which showed clearly how people are interested
about Ubuntu GNOME πŸ™‚

We shall soon communicate further information and details about the
selection and the results.

Thank you!

Testing – The Clock is Ticking


Despite Mark Shuttleworth’s post:

“As prep for the upcoming 14.04 LTS release of Ubuntu I spent some quality time with each of the main flavours that I track – Kubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, Xubuntu, and Ubuntu with the default DE, Unity.

They are all in really great shape! Thanks and congratulations to the teams that are racing to deliver Trusty versions of their favourite DE’s. I get the impression that all the major environments are settling down from periods of rapid change and stress, and the timing for an LTS release in 14.04 is perfect. Lucky us πŸ™‚ ”

We do need to be ready and keep testing if Ubuntu GNOME Community wishes to participate to Beta 1 – please see Trusty Release Schedule πŸ™‚

If you’re new to testing and haven’t done it before, that is a great news because believe it or not, you are the best candidate to test Ubuntu GNOME Development release. All what you need to do is:

Read Ubuntu GNOME Testing.

And, if you have done that already, you still can test or even better do Bug Triage which is very important and needed.

Let’s help each other and move forward in order to make Ubuntu GNOME one of the best Linux Distributions and YES, that can be easily achieved if we will work together.

Thank you for testing Ubuntu GNOME!

Ubuntu GNOME QA Lead

Ubuntu GNOME Official Members Requirements


Nothing new here but we thought to discuss about this more in depth so it becomes clear for everyone and this post could be a good reference that sums up everything πŸ™‚

When Ubuntu GNOME Team started to grow bigger, it was necessary to start organizing the team in a way that could help everyone and make things better. The birth of Ubuntu GNOME Sub-Teams had announced and a new era had started.

So many interested people applied and it was also necessary to organize everything and put everything on its right place. In order to make life easier, we have created a Wiki Page that should explain the full new structure of Ubuntu GNOME Community.

Ubuntu GNOME Official Members
In order to be considered as an official member of Ubuntu GNOME Team, there is certain list of requirements that you need to go through one by one and once done, there is another shorter list of steps you need to follow so that you will be considered as an official member and contributor to Ubuntu GNOME Team.

Membership Policy
As with every voluntary basis community or project, at sometime, there are so many interested people who would like to join (specially if there is something new or it is a new project) but fewer serious people will remain and actually contribute to that project or community.

It was important to find an easy yet effective policy to control that in a very efficient way with the minimum efforts and with only few seconds involved.

Here comes the 90-days-policy of Ubuntu GNOME Official Membership.

And it was a matter of time until this policy of the 90 days has proved how effective, important and easy it is for everyone.

No eamils are involved. No applications. No need to spend so much time over this. The process is very simple:

You are an active contributor and member of Ubuntu GNOME > > > Once your membership is expired, you have the full control to renew your own membership of the sub-team you are part of.

You are inactive member > > > Once your membership will be expired, you are no longer of the sub-team you were part of.

Failure to Renew
By not renewing your membership, that means:
Either You are inactive.
Or You were busy or away – in this case, you can either renew or re-apply for membership of the sub-team you were part of and you are required to send an email to Ubuntu GNOME Team to explain what happened.

How to join back?
Before we accepted anyone to any Ubuntu GNOME Sub-Team, we have asked to go through the Getting Involved Page which explain everything and the most important part that you should have read and agreed to is:

“Need to be active : It’s essential that people of the team are active. It’s not necessary to be active on a daily base, but a minimal participation is necessary, so we don’t have ‘ghost members’ in the teams. It’s better to leave the team temporary if we don’t have time on the short-term, and enter it again after.”

Since you have been inactive and you didn’t communicate with the team to explain or inform them that you’ll be away or inactive for a defined period of time, re-joining any Ubuntu GNOME Sub-Team this time should have 3 extra steps:

1- Take this page more seriously and to read all the sections carefully.
2- You need to contact the Team Leader/Driver of the Sub-Team you would like to re-join it.
3- To be approved for membership again you must make at least few contributions as a proof that you are serious this time.

Only then, you can be approved again.

Sorry for the long post but we hope this will be informative and helpful.
You need to understand that each project and/or community has its own requirements. So, this is not new and can be found everywhere and anywhere.

Thank you so much for your time and we are looking forward to build a great active community where everyone is helping each other as one family πŸ™‚

HOWTO Install Ubuntu GNOME

Hello everyone,

Every time there is something we would like to share about Wiki and Documentations of Ubuntu GNOME, we tend to always remind the world of the huge, excellent and great job that Ubuntu GNOME Wiki and Documentation Team had achieved in very short period of time (less than 6 months). We have the right to be so proud of ourselves and for what we have achieved. Out of nothing, we have everything now.

Today, we are glad to announce and share with you one of our great achievements that should give the users of Ubuntu GNOME all the resources and help they do need or may need in order to use Ubuntu GNOME and enjoy it to the maximum.

As a respect to each and every Ubuntu GNOME User around the world and for those who might use Ubuntu GNOME in the near future and/or those who might migrate from Windows to Linux soon, we would like to present you a ‘Full Guide’ or ‘HOWTO’ Install Ubuntu GNOME πŸ™‚

We highly believe that a good and a successful software project should have a strong, helpful and useful documentations and that is exactly what we do at Ubuntu GNOME Team. We simply work hard to make your life easier. Despite the fact we are few volunteers dedicated to this mission, we do believe in our skills and the quality we could offer.

Today, we are proud to share our work with everyone around the world.

Meanwhile, we also ask everyone who read this to please give us your feedback/notes/suggestions/opinions about Ubuntu GNOME Installation Guides. Yes, it is not just one guide, it is 4 in 1 if we could say that πŸ™‚

Ubuntu GNOME Installation
Ubuntu GNOME Basic/Auto Installation
Ubuntu GNOME Side-by-Side Installation
Ubuntu GNOME Manual Installation

For Feedback:
Please share your feedback and send it to Ubuntu GNOME General Mailing List. You need to ‘subscribe’ first ‘before’ sending any email so our Mailing List Moderators don’t have to approve your email.
We also suggest that you read this guide before joining to any mailing list for any Ubuntu Community.

Ubuntu GNOME Contacts:
As always, please refer to the Contact Us Tab on the top of this page or simply visit this page.

We highly appreciate and value your time and we would like to thank you in advance for your feedback. We are looking forward to read from you soon!

Thank you for helping us to make Ubuntu GNOME better and better and thanks to everyone who put so much efforts into all this, specially Ivan Ivanov and James Vorderbruggen. I have enjoyed working with them. They are so smart and learning quickly, not to mention they do read my mind and know what I want sometimes before I say it. I’m so glad to work side by side with such gifted and talented high quality contributors.

Waiting for your emails πŸ˜‰

Founder and Team Leader of Ubuntu GNOME Wiki and Documentation Team

Ubuntu GNOME News and Weekly Reports

Hello everyone,

I have asked Ubuntu GNOME Team Members to give their vote for a new proposal that I think it will improve our experience and our users’ experience as well.

Everyone voted so far has agreed and was so interested about this new proposal.

You’re still welcome to share your feedback/opinion about such proposal πŸ™‚

I’d like to announce that, since no one has disagreed yet, Ubuntu GNOME Team is ready and will start this new idea to share our news with the world either as weekly reports from all Ubuntu GNOME Sub-Teams to be published on our website and our social media channels or just news/updates to be published on the same mentioned sites. Either way, stating from now, we shall share each and everything with everyone and we believe that this will make our system, our community and everyone’s experience as good as it gets.

Looking forward for a bright future with more achievements and news to share.

Thank you for choosing and using Ubuntu GNOME and for taking the time to read more about us. We hope you will enjoy πŸ™‚


What Ubuntu GNOME Has Learned from Linus Torvalds

1- Do not dream big.
2- Give it away.
3- Do not have a plan.
4- “Do not aim for success just do what you love and believe in and success will follow.”
5- “All of us are smarter than any one of us.”

What this has to do with Ubuntu GNOME?
Simply, these lessons are what we believe in and working on every single day. In order to be the best, you need to learn how to do that. After you learn, you need to follow and do. You need to carry on with what you love to do and what you believe in. Don’t wait for success, it will come at the end. Why? because all of us are smarter than anyone of us and together, we shall achieve all our goals.

Ubuntu GNOME believes in these lessons and we shall never give up our dream to be one of the best Linux Distributions on the world in everything.

This is what Ubuntu GNOME Community has learned from Linus Torvalds.

If you believe in these lessons too, don’t think twice, come and join one of the most interesting, amazing, great and rapidly growing community and your life will be totally different, no doubt about it.

And, if you’re not interesting to join Ubuntu GNOME, that is fine but please, do share the above video as a tribute to Linus Torvalds for creating one of the most successful software in the history of computing, that is Linux.

Thank you!