Sweet! Google is working with manufacturers to get on board with the Googley vision for Android. It seems it’s not a vision reserved just for Nexus and Google Experience devices, as many have speculated.Google’s smart to start with the smaller/less popular manufacturers. Not just because of their flexibility and fewer resources to maintain their own Android forks, but because it could help even out the playing field when users start preferring more pure Android over what Samsung and HTC ship. If Samsung and HTC don’t bend, it could help increase the smaller manufacturer’s market share.If Samsung and HTC do switch to the Google launcher, it’s a win for everyone. :)▼ Reshared Post From Android Police ▼OK Google, find me a ZTE phone that I want to use.http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/8h3X/530cf59c

Sweet! Google is working with manufacturers to get on board with the Googley vision for Android. It seems it’s not a vision reserved just for Nexus and Google Experience devices, as many have speculated.

Google’s smart to start with the smaller/less popular manufacturers. Not just because of their flexibility and fewer resources to maintain their own Android forks, but because it could help even out the playing field when users start preferring more pure Android over what Samsung and HTC ship. If Samsung and HTC don’t bend, it could help increase the smaller manufacturer’s market share.

If Samsung and HTC do switch to the Google launcher, it’s a win for everyone. :)

▼ Reshared Post From Android Police ▼

OK Google, find me a ZTE phone that I want to use.

http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/8h3X/530cf59c

Hrm. I actually really liked the names policy; if I met someone in real life, I could easily look them up on Google+. Now it’s back like email addresses; I have to ask for a username and keep track of another bit of data. :(

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When we launched Google+ over three years ago, we had a lot of restrictions on what name you could use on your profile. This helped create a community made up of real people, but it also excluded a number of people who wanted to be part of it without using their real names. 

Over the years, as Google+ grew and its community became established, we steadily opened up this policy, from allowing +Page owners to use any name of their choosing to letting YouTube users bring their usernames into Google+. Today, we are taking the last step: there are no more restrictions on what name you can use. 

We know you’ve been calling for this change for a while. We know that our names policy has been unclear, and this has led to some unnecessarily difficult experiences for some of our users. For this we apologize, and we hope that today’s change is a step toward making Google+ the welcoming and inclusive place that we want it to be. Thank you for expressing your opinions so passionately, and thanks for continuing to make Google+ the thoughtful community that it is.

http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/8dLZ/530cf59c



▼ Reshared Post From Jens Reuterberg ▼

I hate fanboys… not people who like something. But people who think that their adoration means everything else sucks beyond anything. Whether its that you like KDE and Plasma and go to +elementary to tell them they suck or vice versa. Or that you hate Plasma or Gnome or whatever it might be - the only thing that suck, is you.

You’re the person ruining a cool thing. 

I love Gnome, Unity, XFCE, Lxqt, elementary and the rest. They are all labors of love, sweat and tears and I have nothing but respect and admiration for the devs and designers behind these projects. I might PREFER Plasma but that is waaaay besides the point.

So today, on this the first .0 release of Plasma 5 I want to give a massive shout-out and <3 to Gnome, Unity, XFCE, Budgie, elementary, Lxqt, Openbox, Awesome, i3 and aaaaall other DE’s and the people who love them with this song by Aretha.

http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/8dFz/530cf59c

For what it&#8217;s worth, we updated the latest Journal entry.Managing an open source community is hard. On one side, you get constant praise from people telling you how much they love the design, consistency, and vision. On the other, you get people constantly judging your every word and telling you what you&#8217;re doing is evil.It&#8217;s a stressful place to be. If you let yourself get worn down by the haters, you&#8217;re going to fail. If you ignore them, they only get louder and more obnoxious. Hopefully we&#8217;re able to strike a balance here. And hey, if you&#8217;re a fan of what +elementary is doing, thank you for letting us know. When we read an amazing comment in the midst of an uproar, it helps us keep going.We&#8217;re not making an OS just for ourselves; there are plenty of self-fulfilling projects out there. We&#8217;re making an OS for you. For your parents, children, and friends. We&#8217;re going to keep pushing in that direction.▼ Reshared Post From Cassidy James ▼After feedback from the +elementary community, we&#8217;ve pulled our brand guidelines out of the Code of Conduct. We intended to share the guidelines we use internally with the community, but the Code of Conduct was not the appropriate place for that.Rather than add a new branding section, we&#8217;ve instead amended the existing Section II to include a bit about screenshots shared within elementary-moderated communities, such as our website and Google+ community.As a reminder, the Code of Conduct applies only to times when you&#8217;re interacting with or representing the elementary Community in some official capacity.http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/8cFi/530cf59c

For what it’s worth, we updated the latest Journal entry.

Managing an open source community is hard. On one side, you get constant praise from people telling you how much they love the design, consistency, and vision. On the other, you get people constantly judging your every word and telling you what you’re doing is evil.

It’s a stressful place to be. If you let yourself get worn down by the haters, you’re going to fail. If you ignore them, they only get louder and more obnoxious. 

Hopefully we’re able to strike a balance here. And hey, if you’re a fan of what +elementary is doing, thank you for letting us know. When we read an amazing comment in the midst of an uproar, it helps us keep going.

We’re not making an OS just for ourselves; there are plenty of self-fulfilling projects out there. We’re making an OS for you. For your parents, children, and friends. We’re going to keep pushing in that direction.

▼ Reshared Post From Cassidy James ▼

After feedback from the +elementary community, we’ve pulled our brand guidelines out of the Code of Conduct. We intended to share the guidelines we use internally with the community, but the Code of Conduct was not the appropriate place for that.

Rather than add a new branding section, we’ve instead amended the existing Section II to include a bit about screenshots shared within elementary-moderated communities, such as our website and Google+ community.

As a reminder, the Code of Conduct applies only to times when you’re interacting with or representing the elementary Community in some official capacity.

http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/8cFi/530cf59c

After feedback from the +elementary community, we&#8217;ve pulled our brand guidelines out of the Code of Conduct. We intended to share the guidelines we use internally with the community, but the Code of Conduct was not the appropriate place for that.Rather than add a new branding section, we&#8217;ve instead amended the existing Section II to include a bit about screenshots shared within elementary-moderated communities, such as our website and Google+ community.As a reminder, the Code of Conduct applies only to times when you&#8217;re interacting with or representing the elementary Community in some official capacity.http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/8cF0/530cf59c

After feedback from the +elementary community, we’ve pulled our brand guidelines out of the Code of Conduct. We intended to share the guidelines we use internally with the community, but the Code of Conduct was not the appropriate place for that.

Rather than add a new branding section, we’ve instead amended the existing Section II to include a bit about screenshots shared within elementary-moderated communities, such as our website and Google+ community.

As a reminder, the Code of Conduct applies only to times when you’re interacting with or representing the elementary Community in some official capacity.

http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/8cF0/530cf59c

" I don’t use it because it’s Linux, I use it because it’s elementary OS, I use it because it’s fast and consistent.  If it wasn’t Linux, I’d still use it.  I’m not a Linux fan, I’m an elementary fan"

That’s an actual quote from an +elementary OS user. To me, this is probably the greatest compliment I could hope for. Because it means that the experience we’re providing is greater than the sum of the technology behind it. We’re not working with any tools that aren’t available to any other free desktop. But where our focus is and the way we do things allows us to build the kind of products that we build.

http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/8c5q/530cf59c

In my mind, this is probably the most important WWDC that’s ever happened. There are so many lessons here. Whether you like the Apple you know or not, you have to watch this and really appreciate how well this period of Steve Jobs coming back to Apple in the late 90s parallels the kind of change that elementary is trying to push in the open source world today.

Especially pay attention to the really key stuff like “Focus is about saying no”, “The press will take care of themselves”, having your head in the sand about new technology and bringing the platform into the modern world, “If we can be much better without being different, that’s fine with me”, even the beauty of cloud computing, and most importantly “You have to start with the customer experience and work backwards to the technology”.

Keep in mind this is just pre-iMac, which is the big turning point where Apple became this pop culture icon and (in my opinion) did it’s most important work. So I think if we (the open source folks) can learn these lessons, we too can have a golden age.

http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/8c5r/530cf59c

Everything. All of it. Bad bad bad.▼ Reshared Post From Phil Nickinson ▼See if you can spot what&#8217;s weird about this sentence &#8230;If you have either an iPhone or a newer Samsung phone running Android, it&#8217;s simple to lock your phone remotely, even wipe it. So even if a thief gets his hands on the skeleton key to your accounts, you can disable it easily. Plus, your phone is itself locked (or should be) with a PIN code or even a fingerprint sensor.http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/8bHO/530cf59c

Everything. All of it. Bad bad bad.

▼ Reshared Post From Phil Nickinson ▼

See if you can spot what’s weird about this sentence …

If you have either an iPhone or a newer Samsung phone running Android, it’s simple to lock your phone remotely, even wipe it. So even if a thief gets his hands on the skeleton key to your accounts, you can disable it easily. Plus, your phone is itself locked (or should be) with a PIN code or even a fingerprint sensor.

http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/8bHO/530cf59c