Do you use Ubuntu, the free replacement for Microsoft Windows that you can download at Ubuntu.com? Or maybe you use Linux Mint instead, or another OS (Operating System) that is based on Ubuntu.
If you don’t, you should! And if you already do, you should keep up-to-date on the latest developments in the Ubuntu world. Here are three blogs you can follow, plus a special media bonus!
OMG! Ubuntu! has a silly name and a silly mascot, and it’s very, very informal. But of all the blogs that I’ve read about Ubuntu, this one is my favorite. Instead of talking about weird technical things that I don’t know how to use, the author (“do0d”) goes on about the latest free apps for Ubuntu, and the cool things they’re working on in each new release.
It’s extremely lighthearted, and relevant to what I actually do with my computer. Plus the apps that he covers are shiny! They tend towards the Mac-like end of the spectrum, and look well-designed and well-made. They’re usually a bit more involved to install than most Ubuntu apps, but there are always instructions available. You can read OMG! Ubuntu! at omgubuntu.co.uk.
Not another blog with a silly name! But wait, The Fridge, billed as “News for Human Beings,” is an official Ubuntu blog. And like OMG! Ubuntu!, they tend to talk about things that are useful, or at least interesting, to average users.
Every now and then they talk about something unique, like an event that they’d like people’s help with or an interview with one of the people who helps make Ubuntu. But most of their updates are entries for the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, which you can read on its own by clicking here. They have a roundup of the most interesting discussions about Ubuntu in the blog world and in the press, and they also talk about new things coming up in the next versions.
You can visit The Fridge at fridge.ubuntu.com.
“Planet” sites are places where you can read all the blogs of the people working on a particular project, and Planet Ubuntu is no exception. On Planet Ubuntu you can read the blogs of the people who work on Ubuntu, including the Ubuntu founder, Mark Shuttleworth. And he doesn’t update often, nor has he addressed the Ubuntu One controversy to everyone’s satisfaction, but many of the other contributors’ blogs are very interesting reads.
Probably my favorite is “DoctorMO’s Blog.” The author spends less time talking about programming and technical nuances, and more time talking about the community of Ubuntu and how to get people involved. He also posts English translations of the “Ubunchu” manga, a Japanese comic book about Ubuntu. You can read the first two issues here and here.
Planet Ubuntu can be read at planet.ubuntu.com.
Bonus — Full Circle Magazine
Full Circle Magazine is the unofficial Ubuntu magazine! You can read it in PDF format — which means whole magazine issues, instead of a blog — at fullcirclemagazine.org.
There are a lot of great Ubuntu blogs to read. And if you use Linux Mint instead of Ubuntu, you can read the Linux Mint blog here: linuxmint.com/blog.
Do you have a favorite blog that I didn’t mention? Feel free to post it in the comments, and have fun using Ubuntu … or whatever you have on your computer!