Saturday, February 27, 2010

Carbonate Icon Theme

I spent time looking for a good icon theme to match my Darkish Human GTK theme, I couldn't find one so I made my own.

- Carbonate + Darkish Human = Crazy Delicious

Carbonate is dark grey and blue hack of various Gnome Colors themes. I combined gnome-carbonite with gnome-brave and used a few icons from the standard Gnome icon package. It is a clean mix of blue and dark grey.


The theme depends on the gnome-colors-common package.
In a terminal type:
sudo apt-get install gnome-colors-common

Download my Carbonate Icon Theme

After downloading the gnome-carbonate.tar.gz, uncompress it and copy to your ~/.icon folder.

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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Hopefullly Google Is Listening

The Free Software Foundation has written an open letter to Google to free it's recently required VP8 codec for use on YouTube.

Dear Google,

With your purchase of On2, you now own both the world's largest video site (YouTube) and all the patents behind a new high performance video codec -- VP8. Just think what you can achieve by releasing the VP8 codec under an irrevocable royalty-free license and pushing it out to users on YouTube? You can end the web's dependence on patent-encumbered video formats and proprietary software (Flash).

To sit on this technology or merely use it as a bargaining chip would be a disservice to the free world, while bringing at best limited short-term benefits to your company. To free VP8 without recommending it to YouTube users would be a wasted opportunity and damaging to free software browsers like Firefox. We all want you to do the right thing. Free VP8, and use it on YouTube!

Why this would be amazing

The world would have a new free format unencumbered by software patents. Viewers, video creators, free software developers, hardware makers -- everyone -- would have another way to distribute video without patents, fees, and restrictions. The free video format Ogg Theora was already at least as good for web video (see a comparison) as its nonfree competitor H.264, and we never did agree with your objections to using it. But since you made the decision to purchase VP8, presumably you're confident it can meet even those objections, and using it on YouTube is a no-brainer.

You have the leverage to make such free formats a global standard. YouTube is the world's largest video site, home to nearly every digital video ever made. If YouTube merely offered a free format as an option, that alone would bring support from a slew of device makers and applications.

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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Mark Shuttleworth Interview

Dell's Cloud Evangelist Barton George interviewed Mark Shuttleworth during his visit to Dell. They discuss Ubuntu's realtionship with Dell, cloud computing, the upcoming Ubuntu 10.4 Lucid Lynx release, netbook remix, Boxee, and the competition.

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