Ubuntu has always been about breaking new ground. We broke the ground with the desktop back in 2004, we have broken the ground with cloud orchestration across multiple clouds and providers, and we are building a powerful, innovative mobile and desktop platform that is breaking ground with convergence.
The hardest part about breaking new ground and innovating is not having the vision and creating the technology, it is getting people on board to be part of it.
We knew this was going to be a challenge when we first took the wraps off the Ubuntu app developer platform: we have a brand new platform that was still being developed, and when we started many of the key pieces were not there such as a solid developer portal, documentation, API references, training and more. Today the story is very different with a compelling, end-to-end, developer story for building powerful convergent apps.
We believed and always have believed in the power of this platform, and every single one of those people who also believed in what we are doing and wrote apps have shared the same spirit of pioneering a new platform that we have.
As such, we want to acknowledge those people.
And with this, I present Ubuntu Pioneers.
The idea is simple, we want to celebrate the first 200 app developers who get their apps in Ubuntu. We are doing this in two ways.
Firstly, we have created http://developer.ubuntu.com/pioneers which displays all of these developers and lists the apps that they have created. This will provide a permanent record of those who were there right at the beginning.
Secondly, we have designed a custom, limited-edition Ubuntu Pioneers t-shirt that we want to send to all of our pioneers. For those of you who are listed on this page, please ensure that your email address is correct in MyApps as we will be getting in touch soon.
Thank-you so much to every single person listed on that page. You are an inspiration for me, my team, and the wider Ubuntu project.
If you have that pioneering spirit and wished you were up there, fear not! We still have some space before we hit 200 developers, so go here to get started building an app.
Original by Jono Bacon
You can even link to your own part of the page like this.. Huzzah!
When I last used ubuntu touch I had no way of search for apps, does the Ubuntu Touch have an app store?
The store functionality is built into the Dash, just below your installed apps.
@mhall119 thanks for posting this. It's a well-written post that contains many ideas that deal with human connections. I love these types of programs that highlight people and their work in a very human way. I would not have been aware of this program if I didn't see it in the Ubuntu Discourse digest that I get by email.
I'm not quite sure how that digest is generated, but I find it useful. Since I monitor and post to this discourse forum, I feel some connection to the people and am thus more likely to read the Discourse digest instead of the official Ubuntu newsletter.
I also like the tone and general message of the post. It contains a thread about the "spirit of the pioneer." There is something there about leadership, about getting people on board. there's clear description about the components needed for momentum:
1. developer portal
3. API references
I am not a developer myself. I wouldn't read a developer newsletter. However, because of your participation in this type of free-form community, I learned something new today. I wanted to thank you for that.
@popey Well done. thanks for your contributions. Impressive. I wish I could do something like that. Maybe my kids will be able to contribute one day.
How many pioneers are there now?
Go to the website and see
I mean like 150, 180? There's no numbers, just lots of people listed
Only asking to see how long I've got as I'm just getting into it
There are about 150 pioneers so far. We'll end the program when we have 200 developers with published apps in the store, but there are also a number of core app developers who don't have something published under their own name, who have received shirts and are considered pioneers
Ah good stuff ! I'm getting started as we speak, will hopefully make it in time!
Done! Only a very basic app at this stage while I try and figure out how to get listview/jsonmodel to refresh itself, will likely take to an app days to get this looked at by the professionals
Good luck everyone