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14 September 2011, 15:09

Ubuntu web site launched to encourage application developers

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Canonical has launched a new web site,, aimed at both new and experienced developers making their first steps with Linux development. The Ubuntu Developer site promotes the strengths and ease-of-use of Quickly, Canonical's development framework.

The web site started out as the brainchild of those participating in the Ubuntu App Developer Week, 5-9 September, where developers presented tutorials and gave help to attendees in the chat room. Sketches were initially released, with a restricted prototype available to those closely involved. Attendees at Ubuntu Developer Summits will be able to give feedback about the site directly to Canonical.

Newly-recruited UI architect John Oxton stated that “the goal of this site is to help get more and better apps into the Ubuntu Software Centre”. Oxton also made it clear that the web site is not aimed at existing, mature applications, but rather at “individuals, or small teams, with an itch to scratch … or small indie developers/companies who are already making small, useful, or just plain cool, apps for other platforms.”

Earlier, Canonical had obtained research into the biggest hurdles experienced by new developers, which found that packaging finished applications was often a major problem. The initial release of the Ubuntu Developer web site includes a simple three-step guide for packing and publishing stable apps to the Ubuntu Software Centre. A resources section for the site is planned, to provide documentation for developers.


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