When I began working on Spindl, it was only a small utility I used to track my time. When I decided I would release Spindl in the Ubuntu Software Centre, I set out to make into into a tool that helps people get things done, plain and simple.
Unfortunately, time has become a non-existent commodity for me between two jobs and attending college courses. Low sales figures also made it hard to justify working on a project that isn’t, in some large way, helping me pay rent or study. Not being able to provide my best work due to time and resource constraints was somewhat saddening.
So it is with great enthusiasm that I would like to announce that I will be advancing development of Spindl under Fingertip Tech!
Fingertip Tech is owned by Michael Dominick of Coder Radio, is my current employer, and is an all-around awesome place to work. Fingertip Tech has agreed to acquire Spindl and pay me to continue working on it. This ensures that I can continue to fix bugs, add features, and make enough to buy groceries.
Spindl has a bright future ahead and I am ecstatic to finally get the time and resources needed to make Spindl into an application that further meets the needs and expectations of its users.
A great thanks goes out to Fingertip Tech and a roaring applause to those of you who already use Spindl and have give feedback. Your contributions have helped me get this far, and soon, we will take Spindl even farther.
I finally have a way to pay my bills by making software on Linux.
I couldn’t be happier.
Elementary OS gives me hope. The best software, if such a thing exists, is not the prettiest, the quickest, or the most free. It’s a mixture of the three. The Elementary OS team has brought just that with Luna. Elementary really breaks the stigma that open-source software looks like crap. All fronts were perfected before launch. The OS is beautiful and fluid. Typography was actually taken into account. The Elementary developer docs put many others to shame.
The only fault I could find in Elementary is the reliance on the Ubuntu Software Center. The Software Center is, simply put, the least Elementary-esque software in Elementary.
Cassidy James, from the Elementary project, alluded to the idea that the team may create their own app store. Hopefully, the Elementary team will prune whatever theoretical app store they may create in pursuit of a consistent and great user experience to parallel that which they have pioneered in Luna.
All hats off to the Elementary OS team on the release of Luna. A better Linux desktop.
“Form follows function — That has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one.”
Frank Lloyd Wright
Canonical, we need to talk. You have a quality problem. We put up with it when you were still brown and orange. But now you’re black and purple and trying to grab attention from the mainstream consumer. I’m concerned that if you’d ever get that attention, you wouldn’t be happy with the public’s reaction. I’m afraid the unsavvy masses would find you confusing, incomplete, and all-together unusable. This needs to change and it needs to change now.
Convergence is a neat idea that means nothing if you’re terrible on every platform. You have no desktop application development stack for third-parties. Your adoption of Qt and QML on mobile is a nice gesture and your touch UI components work well where intended but are painful on the desktop. I can see no app in your current QML showcase that I could run or recommend for day-to-day use and I’ve seen no hint of this changing. The lie of “Write Once, Run Everywhere” has been handed out to developers before but the fact remains that people interact with mobile devices differently from traditional desktop computers.
If I could make just three suggestions:
Please offer specific Desktop UI components in your QML stack as to not treat my work machine as an over-sized cell phone.
Decide whether you are going to develop your products out in the open or reveal amazing secrets that you’ve been toiling away at. You can’t have it both ways and you’re just aggravating your existing community in the meantime. Either “rare the skunkworks” or shock the world.
Before you add any more features, make sure you polish everything. I mean everything. If you are going to make a mobile app for Ubuntu One then you best update the desktop client to not look like it was made for Windows 95.
I think we all like to see the underdog come out on top and we want the current market to be disrupted but we don’t want one broken system to replace another. I know it sounds harsh, but I say this only because I want to see you succeed.