[ubuntu-art] Counting Down to Ubuntu 10.10

Matthew Nuzum matthew.nuzum at canonical.com
Fri Aug 13 19:07:18 BST 2010

*Is it that time again? Yes!*

As in past releases we'd like to create a new count down banner for
syndication across the web. If you want to make a highly visible
contribution to Ubuntu, this is your chance.

Around the same time that Maverick Beta launches it is our intention to
release a banner that says something like "32 more days until Ubuntu 10.10"
Each day the banner will decrease by one until release day which is on the
10th of October when it will it will say "It's almost here" (or similar).
Then when the release is ready it will announce "it's here!"

There is a little uncertainty about the precise launch date of the countdown
but we'll have a decision soon. It will be during the beginning of September
either on Beta release (39 days before launch) or within a few days

*How can you help?*

Create a graphic representing what you think the countdown should look like.
It is not necessary to create an entire set of images. Instead, do a couple
to demonstrate your idea. The community and Canonical staff will choose the
official banners and maybe give some guidance in case a change is needed to
polish it up. Lets aim to *get submissions in by Tuesday, Augst 24th*. But
don't wait until the end, release early, release often, so they say.


Detailed here: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Website/MaverickCountdownBanner but
in essence:

180px wide by 150px high. No PHP or flash. We'd like to make a static, plain
image available but if the community would like to make an animated or
interactive, iframe based image using js and static content we will gladly
consider it. The community seems to have enjoyed the animated banner from
the 9.04 release cycle. (I know I did)

Starting at the point of Beta Ubuntu changes from the code name of "Maverick
Meerkat" to "Ubuntu 10.10" it would probably be inappropriate to
over-emphasize meerkat graphics.

We have some other opportunities to contribute. Last time we made a Facebook
block, which was very popular. We could do more! Also, I think it would be
great to design an Android Widget for user's home screens. We don't have to
do these but we certainly can!

Please attach your suggestions to the wiki page listed above. If you have
questions or would like to discuss this, please email the Web Presence Team
mailing list[1] or hop onto the IRC chat room, #ubuntu-website on freenode.

I can't wait to see your ideas!

[1] https://lists.ubuntu.com/mailman/listinfo/ubuntu-website

Matthew Nuzum
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