Ubuntu & the demoscene

category: general [glöplog]
One of the highlights of sundown2006 was that Mark Shuttleworth (the guy behing Ubuntu)was there proposing to the sceners to create kind of demoscene pieces for the loading bar, login screen and other parts of Ubuntu. If you ever tested Ubuntu you won't be too surprised as all the screensavers that goes with it are quite scener-ish. As much as I was able to hear (as I was a bit busy) was Navis and Smash saying that something like Moppi's Assembly invitation would fit very well with what he is after.

That to me sounds like GREAT news, an OS where sceners can make nice works for, and also the idea that the next version of Ubuntu will come with XGL and stuff it's just awesome, bye bye Windows! :)

Check out a news that rc55 posted at #ukscene about it

Btw, email to Mark if you're interested, as he would like to hear from any demoscener.
added on the 2006-10-10 14:39:44 by mrdoob mrdoob
The article was written by Will Pollard, not me - it's not of the highest quality (I would have preferred to have had a look over it before it was posted), but nonetheless the basics are there.

Essentially, Ubuntu <3's the scene, and Mark Shuttleworth is keen to put in motion whatever it takes to make the startup good looking.

Yes, it runs on Linux! ;)
added on the 2006-10-10 14:47:14 by rc55 rc55
Oh, sorry, I didn't meant to sound like you did the article :) Which btw, I agree, isn't a great article, but hey! you get the point.
added on the 2006-10-10 14:48:58 by mrdoob mrdoob
so what ?
longer boot sequences ?
isn't it long enough ?

no thx
yeah, but only if you code it, there is people that know how to code, you know..
added on the 2006-10-10 15:06:18 by mrdoob mrdoob
I'm on it.
added on the 2006-10-10 15:17:06 by Navis Navis
\o/! :D
added on the 2006-10-10 15:18:30 by mrdoob mrdoob
What about using a free, real men OS?
added on the 2006-10-10 16:16:54 by the_Ye-Ti the_Ye-Ti
yes, the ubuntu screensaver with the lavalamp is prolly the lamest piece of code ever produced...
Mark Shuttleworth did specifically mention that this is going to be part of a next-generation boot-up framework which is more intelligent about determining which services are necessary, and what order to start them up in (i.e. having a graphics subsystem early on is fairly important here). And besides, system startup is not CPU-bound at all (only something like 10% load, typically).

So no, not longer boot sequences at all. Sorry to ruin your trolling material.
added on the 2006-10-10 16:40:11 by gasman gasman
what a coincidence... only 5% left to finish ubuntu dowload (desktop CD)...
added on the 2006-10-10 16:59:05 by EviL EviL
may the demosceners replace the ugly browny default Ubuntu color scheme by a dutch coder scheme or by a smooth & slick ASD one :D
added on the 2006-10-10 16:59:47 by Zest Zest
pff no prods for ubuntu until a fully completed XGL!
added on the 2006-10-10 17:11:47 by decipher decipher
use xeyes.
added on the 2006-10-10 17:34:41 by violator violator
The loading bar in dapper has been replaced by usplash in edgy (the next release, 6.10), and it has some neat features, but just some skinning capabilities. Due to the specifics of startup system in linux (be it sysvinit, upstart, initng... ), it's quite difficult to have something else than a framebuffer to draw during the startup process, so no accelerated love in that part.

The login screen is basically the GDM, and it's Gnome field,and you can basically skin it. The screensavers are Gnome also, but there was a branch so now you can have an Ubuntu set of screensavers and a standard-Gnome set, each with their own tools.

And now, with the boom of accelerated X-servers -xgl, aiglx, etc.- your x-windows system can perform some neat and almost not cpu-consuming effects. You only need to check the default XFWM with composite, or the latest Metacity, or Compiz and more recently, Beryl and Emerald themes.

So, right now, the scene could: redesign the whole windows system to make it more scene-ish, add some themes (for xfce, gnome, kde, etc.), create some gtk-based engines, add more plugins to the accelerated window managers, or create some screensavers - which i don't really find useful since either i am using my computer and don't need a screensaver, or i am away from it and can't look at the screen.
added on the 2006-10-10 19:13:46 by spite spite
what a piece of bullshit
added on the 2006-10-10 19:40:38 by Hatikvah Hatikvah
ubuntu is for wannabees
added on the 2006-10-10 20:16:36 by dila dila
well yeah like any other linux distro
tuff hairy man use freeBSD
added on the 2006-10-10 21:13:16 by EviL EviL
... but HEY! :)
it's still ok to have some fun and try other stuff
I'm wearing an atari t-shirt!!! see ? :D
added on the 2006-10-10 21:14:29 by EviL EviL
ubuntu is linux for black africa. the average iq of ubuntu users is omegatwopi.
Linux distro != penis size

added on the 2006-10-10 22:41:50 by chameleon chameleon
for some reason... deja vu... i guess will be the last topic i open in this closed minded community.
added on the 2006-10-11 00:57:21 by mrdoob mrdoob
So just because someone doesn't like Linux he is closed minded? That's kind of... closed minded.
added on the 2006-10-11 01:12:43 by jua jua
Well, just for the record, I thought it was interesting..
added on the 2006-10-11 01:13:24 by chameleon chameleon
m1cro, no, it's just because someone says that this topic is "bullshit" and doesn't even care about having a bit of respect about the people talking here about it.

go home and talk like that to your mum.

check out 256, sverige (stefan I guess) and dila.

So do you go by the streets, and there is people talking about one topic and you show no-education saying what these guys said? this community isn't my cup of tea.
added on the 2006-10-11 01:25:23 by mrdoob mrdoob