Help needed

posted Sep 9, 2011, 1:56 PM by Unknown user

We need help from you. If you have any experience with distro creation, we need your help. We have reached a point where we can no longer do all of the programming by ourselves. If you can help us in any way, please don't hesitate to contact JC or Chris.

UGR 0.3.0 "Centaurus" released

posted Jun 19, 2011, 3:11 AM by Unknown user

This much anticipated release brings UGR closer to beta. It is imperative that anyone using UGR 0.0.1 or 0.0.2 upgrade immediately, as 0.0.X users may lose support in coming updates. Additionally, it is recommended that 0.1.0 and 0.2.0 users upgrade, as well. Centaurus includes code fixes and a new text-based plymouth theme. To maintain compatibility on all systems, it is also recommended that you update all packages at the same time as UGR using apt-get.

Sound with Mad Atlantic

posted Jun 10, 2011, 7:48 PM by Unknown user

Thanks to Mad Atlantic's Kaelin Bougneit for helping us create a custom sound theme for UGR! Available (in part) in the ugr-sounds Launchpad repo.


posted Jun 10, 2011, 10:22 AM by Unknown user

UGR now has a page on Facebook! Check it out at:

A New Roadmap

posted May 18, 2011, 6:56 PM by JC Hulce   [ updated May 27, 2011, 9:04 PM ]

The UGR project has really taken off. With that popularity, there are lots of people asking for the next release. Our releases have been really irregular for several reasons:

  • Chris and JC, the two main drivers behind this project, are high school students. Their schedules are unpredictable.
  • We had absolutely no idea what we were getting into when we started this project, and just started pulling dates and ideas out of thin air.
  • There are lots of unexpected hang-ups and issues. Everyone is still learning as far as the programming goes.
  • We want to deliver on software quality, and won't release an update if it doesn't work

For that reason, we are laying out a new roadmap and development schedule that should address several of those issues. This is still in drafting and may change.

The new plan

The new release sequence is proposed as follows:

  • A new Major 0.X.0 release every 3-4 weeks, delivering significant new features and bugfixes
  • A new Minor 0.0.X release 1 week after the major, additional minor bugfixes one week after that if needed. This will deliver minor new features and bugfixes.

Development schedule:

  • Blueprints and bugs must be drafted and targeted to a milestone 1 week before it is due, 2 weeks is preferred.
  • An update must be fully in dev channel for testing 2 days before it is due, 5 days is preferred.

What this does

This schedule gives us the freedom to:

  • Breathe
  • Test updates more thoroughly
  • Have time for unexpected stuff

What about 1.0.0?

1.0.0 was supposed to be out today. However, there are several problems with that:

  • The system (mostly GNOME 3) isn't anywhere near stable enough. We want our 1.0 to be as stable as possible
  • There are lots of finishing touches that aren't done yet, like shell extensions, themes, an iso, etc
  • We didn't have time to do everything.

We will deliver 1.X.X as a major release when everything is stable enough. For now, we plan to have the next major, and a cd image, out within the next week.  

You can view and comment on this on our wiki:

Give us a name!

posted May 15, 2011, 8:52 PM by James Hulce

We originally started off with the name UGR/Ubuntu GNOME Remix as a temporary measure, but it has stuck.  Now, we want to set in stone the official project name.  If you have a launchpad account, you can vote in our poll to help us decide:

Shell script available!

posted May 14, 2011, 11:04 PM by Unknown user

You can now install ugr via a simple shell script! Visit the install/ upgrade page for more info.

UGR 0.1.1 "Nebula" is Out!

posted May 14, 2011, 10:48 PM by JC Hulce

We bring you the latest version of UGR, 0.1.1 "Nebula".  This version includes our UGR boot theme and a few upstream fixes in GNOME 3.  Wallpapers have been delayed until 1.0.0.  Installation/ Upgrade Instructions

Known issues:
  • wrong $PATH
  • network manager looks strange
  • some instability
  • some double app listing
  • segfaults sometimes
  • dependency issues sometimes
  • settings app issues
  • other GNOME 3 stuff
  • unity doesn't work
  • If 0.0.1 is already installed, it needs to be removed first
What's next?  Future releases will include custom wallpaper, shell extensions, and themeselector. 

UGR 0.1.0 "Constellation" is out!

posted May 7, 2011, 10:09 PM by JC Hulce

While this is a more practical, usable, and stable system then before, it is still not intended for production use.  New features include a fallback session and gnome-tweak-tool.  Installation/ Upgrade Instructions

What's next?  Future releases will include custom wallpaper/ boot logos, shell extensions, and themeselector. 

Announcing the dev channel

posted May 4, 2011, 11:26 PM by JC Hulce

We've added a development preview channel to our project to facilitate easier testing and code contribution.  The code in dev is often more unstable than the main releases, but it's the first place to get new features and bugfixes.  To install it, see the dev channel page.  To contribute code, see the code page.  

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