Today we are pleased to announce OMG! Chrome! - a website dedicated to news about Google's popular browser, and upcoming front-runner operating system, Chrome OS.
We don't want to ruin the surprise and say too much just yet, but to whet your appetite in the meantime, check out www.omgchrome.com
as well as the official Facebook page
and Twitter account.omgchrome.comtwitter.com/omgchromefacebook.com/omgchrome
On Sunday, 3rd April at around midday UTC time, we noticed a huge increase in Apache requests on our server that runs OMG! Ubuntu!
Whereas a normal day would average around 170 requests per minute, we were seeing up to 1,000 requests per minute, averaging at around 700.
The attack was from dozens of random IP addresses which accessed seemingly random valid URLs on the site causing the CPU to overload, and as such the server could not handle genuine traffic.
The DDoS attack lasted for around 10 hours before it finally ceased. We believe it was the work of a botnet hired out by somebody who has a gripe with OMG! Ubuntu!
Due to the nature of the attack, it's very difficult, if not impossible, to find out who the attacker was, but we are now working on preparing the server for any future attacks so our down time isn't affected as much as it was yesterday.
To the attackers: We don't know who you are, or why you'd want to take down OMG! Ubuntu! but grow up and stop being childish. If you have a gripe with us, be an adult and tell us rather than cause unnecessary disruption.
I’m happy to announce that Volley Brawl is finally available for everyone to try!
It’s just hit the Software Center for Maverick and Natty, right on time to meet the March 31st release date (unless you live in the USA, where it’s still March 30th – but due to timezones and all that, we can’t please everyone!)
All you have to do is open up the Software Center and navigate to the “For Purchase” section.
It’ll only knock you back the price of a pair of socks, and I believe that the Software Center sadly only accepts credit card payments (sorry, no PayPal!) at this point.
Remember that by buying Volley Brawl, you’ll not only be getting a very fun game, but you’ll also be supporting OMG! Ubuntu! as we get a slice of every transaction.
On Thursday we’re releasing Volley Brawl in the Ubuntu Software Center for $2.99 USD, and if you buy it, you’ll be supporting OMG! Ubuntu!
You may have noticed the strange half-circle creatures appear in our sidebar over the past few days, as well as make appearances in a few teaser videos.
And if you’re a fan of OMG! Ubuntu!’s Facebook page
, you’ll certainly be familiar with these “brawlers!”
We’ve got a few copies of the game to give away for free. It’s really, really easy to enter – all you have to do is suggest a new character in the comments section.
If you have some design skills, you’re more than welcome to upload an image of your idea, too.
The top 3 “most liked” ideas in the comments will win a free copy of the game each, and they’ll also be the first three new “brawlers” to land in Volley Brawl’s content update in April.
If you have an idea that wins, but haven’t created your own brawler, our resident artist Tommy Brunn (who has made all the ones in the game so far) will make up your idea for you.Check out what characters we have so far @ facebook.com/volleybrawl and submit your entry in the comments on this post:
I'm pleased to announce that we're hiring.
Don't get too excited though - we're looking for an experienced and fun web developer who's keen to fulfill a contracting position for us working on a variety of new features for OMG! Ubuntu!
The term is one month, and pay is to be negotiated.
Check it out over @ our jobs page
if you think you've got the stuff.Update:
We have indeed hired somebody! Richard Lyon has joined the team as our newest web developer. You can read more about him on our staff page. Welcome to the team, Richard!
On behalf of Ohso, I'm proud to announce the launch of a new startup, Project Bossanova.
Bossanova is Portuguese for "New Trend"
- something we thought quite fitting for our goal.
With Project Bossanova, our aim is to deliver the first ever 3D game to run exclusively on Linux. We're working with established players in the industry and with your support, we will reach our ambitious goal.
To register your interest, head on over to projectbossanova.com
and simply punch in your email address.
More details will be revealed soon, so stay tuned!
We've compiled all of the branding for our sites into one .zip file to make it easier for people to use our logos around the web. In the branding assets, you'll find the following in three different sizes:
- OMG! Ubuntu! logo and banner
- Ubuntu Gamer logo, controller, pictogram and banner
- OMG! SUSE! logo
- Ohso logo in dark and light variants
You can download the branding assets here.
I’m very pleased to announce that Ubuntu Gamer, the gaming website we’ve been working on for a while, is now live and ready for action!
Ubuntu Gamer extends the Ohso network of sites even further, but this time specializing in gaming on Ubuntu. You will probably notice that a lot of elements bare a very close similarity to OMG! Ubuntu! – this is entirely on purpose. We have re-used a lot of the code for Ubuntu Gamer to make sure it has that consistent Ohso network feel.
So why should you visit Ubuntu Gamer? We have…
- The latest gaming news, videos and screenshots
- Game and hardware reviews
- Editorial pieces about gaming on Ubuntu, and more widely, Linux
- Downloads for free games
- Special offers and competitions
- Discounts on paid games
We’ve worked hard on the site over the past few weeks, and of course it will constantly be undergoing improvement as we figure out what sort of style we would like to go for.
The staff is made up of familiar faces such as myself, Joey, Tyler and Nixie, but I’d also like to introduce a couple of new writers to the foray:
Ed HewittEd is a 19 year old UK student studying computer networking. A self proclaimed gaming geek and Ubuntu lover, he’s fully in the know and up to date with the state of gaming on Ubuntu. For those of you who read Full Circle Magazine, you might recognize Ed as the writer for the gaming column.
Tommy BrunnTommy is a Swedish student studying IT, but also an independent game developer. In combination with his partner in crime, Bart van Strien, they will be responsible for a lot of the games that come out of the Ohso software factory. Tommy brings an excellent insight into the back-end of software development on Ubuntu, and his articles will provide an interesting look “behind the scenes” of making games on Ubuntu.
Don’t forget, you can follow Ubuntu Gamer on Twitter and like it on Facebook. We hope you enjoy the site!
If you visit OMG! Ubuntu! no doubt you'll notice something different. That's right, after two months of design and development, we have unleashed the new face of OMG! Ubuntu! So what's new?The site is now on wordpress instead of blogger and on a dedicated new server, which means it's much faster, and we have a lot more flexibility when it comes to formatting of posts and customizing the layout and style to truly give it that OMG! feel.There's an entirely new design that brings in elements of the new Ubuntu branding, and also sets the standard for the new websites that Ohso will be opening up over the next few months.The new design features a much nicer category, tag and search system to make it easy to find older posts, a custom set of icons, new sidebar widgets, a new colour pallete, lovely static pages and a beautiful footer that all combine to make this site something unique.The design was done by me and later on I'll be going into detail examining some of the new aspects of the design, decisions we had to make and unique features that makes this website something we're really pleased with.In case you didn't notice, the new website is over 3x faster than the old one! Niall Molloy, our ace web developer and optimization ninja has worked long and hard making sure that this website is one of the fastest around.Niall also uses the new CSS3 standard to give lovely fading rollovers and other assorted details, so if you're using Firefox 4 or Google Chrome you can enjoy these.Niall will be talking about the code behind the site in a later post, including the challenge of transferring nearly 2000 posts with links and comments intact from one provider to another.We hope you like the new site!
Hi there, and welcome to Ohso. We're pretty new on the scene and haven't articulated all of our combobulators or configured the stuff expander, so expect things to change over the next few weeks.
Who are we? We're Joey and Benjamin, a pom and a kiwi in our early 20s who are trying to make cool shit using the power of open source. Every so often we'll post a wee article about something here, when we're launching a new product or perhaps if we just want to admire this font in large paragraphs.
For now, take a look around. There's not much to see yet, but don't worry, great things are just around the corner!