It seems that there’s a long time that I haven’t update Ubuntu Tweak and here. During these days, I was busy with other works, but I’ve never stop developing Ubuntu Tweak. The progress is OK but maybe a little slow.
I found that Ubuntu Tweak is one year old, Yes, the first version(0.1.2) was released in September 2007.
So before the new release of Ubuntu Tweak, I write this article to celebrate Ubuntu Tweak’s one year old.
How Ubuntu Tweak comes out?
When it was the first summer holiday(From July 2007 to Augest 207) of my college life, I decided to develop an application to help tweaking Ubuntu.
Every time I finish installing Ubuntu in mine or others’ computer, I need to do the same work to make it what I want. Why don’t I write an application to help do the duplication of work？
So I started writing Ubuntu Tweak at July 2007. I hadn’t have any experience with writing application at first, so I learn GTK+ as I develop Ubuntu Tweak.
The beginning was difficult, fortunately, in the freesoftware world, I can read other applications’ code to learn how to programming.
After more than one month, the first version of Ubuntu Tweak came out!
The 0.1.x Series
Ubuntu Tweak 0.1.2, released on 9 September 2007
How do you think of the first version? I think it is ugly and has few options to tweak.
I made the “Ubuntu Tweak” banner with GIMP and the 3D Ubuntu logo is made by my friend：Medical-Wei.
I published this version at Gnomefiles, and people started to know it.
Ubuntu Tweak 0.1.4, released on 23 September 2007
After half month later, Ubuntu Tweak 0.1.4 released.
I improved the GUI interface, introduced the “Expert Mode”(Now is removed) and some bugfix.
From this version, Super Jamie start help me with the English translation(Now is Lee Jarratt), thanks them! And I also start write this English weblog since then.
The 0.2.x Series
Ubuntu Tweak 0.2.0, released on 10 November 2007
After a long time, Ubuntu Tweak 0.2.0 released with a new interface.
It has a nice new logo(Thanks M.Sharp) and a big banner.(You may hate the banner, Please read this article over).
Besides, I almost re-wrote the code, and introduced a new feature to set Compiz Fusion settings.
Ubuntu Tweak 0.2.1, released on 20 November 2007
Only ten days later, I released the 0.2.1, it is only a bugfix and GUI improvement version.
From this version, Ubuntu Tweak has other language translations.
Ubuntu Tweak 0.2.4, released on 15 December 2007
After the previous releases, I found it was slow to develop use C, so I learned Python, re-wrote it with Python.
Added some new features: tweak Metacity window manager, show the computer information, etc.
Ubuntu Tweak 0.2.6, released on 4 February 2008
The year of 2008 came, more and more people help Ubuntu Tweak translate to other languages.
This version, Ubuntu Tweak has over 14 language translation, support Ubuntu 8.04 hardy, and a new feature to tweak autostart programs.
Some people complained the banner was too big, so I shrinked the banner.
Ubuntu Tweak 0.2.7, released on 26 February 2008
This version only introduced a new feature to manager your templates, but it is liked by many people.
Ubuntu Tweak 0.2.8, released on 5 March 2008
It is only an improved version, made the templates translatable and bugfix.
Ubuntu Tweak 0.2.10, released on 12 March 2008
Only a weeks later, the 0.2.10 released.
A new feature introduced, that’s “Power Scripts”.
The 0.3.x Series
Ubuntu Tweak 0.3.0, released on 30 April 2008
The 0.3 series of Ubuntu Tweak came with distrobution compatible. So that other Linux distrobution users can use Ubuntu Tweak too.
The Ubuntu Tweak 0.3.0 also introduced a new feature that set the global shortcut keybinding.
And you can find that the banner was shrinked again.
Ubuntu Tweak 0.3.1, released on 7 May 2008
Another improvement version, added the check new version feature and bugfix.
Ubuntu Tweak 0.3.2, released on 5 June 2008
This version Ubuntu Tweak has the ability to install some system applications’ extensions.
Such as Nautilus and Compiz.
Ubuntu Tweak 0.3.4 introduced two features: the application install and third-party sources.
This is the most popular version ever, althought there’s some dispute with the new features.
And Ubuntu Tweak 0.3.5 is the latest version, with the improved third-party sources feature, also with some interface improvement.
What’s the next?
OK, now let me show you what will the Ubuntu Tweak be like in the future:
I redesigned the GUI interface, removed the banner and make the left menu area more usable.
Do you like it?
Except the interface, I have improved many old features.
New features? Hmm, it will be introduced gradually in the future.
I saw many people left messages here and gave many useful ideas, first thanks all of you. I will make it true one by one.
The last, I must say that Ubuntu Tweak give me so many precious things, I’ll continue to make it more powerful!