I use Ubuntu full time on all my computers, as you probably know if you read my infrequent posts here or have been unlucky enough to get caught in a conversation about computers with me.
I really like Ubuntu, so naturally I want it to do well. Which will never happen until there’s a more robust ecosystem of user-oriented programs.
I have neither the time nor the skill to really make a dent in that problem, but I did recently put up my first desktop program for Ubuntu on a Launchpad-hosted PPA . It’s just a little something to make it easier for me to do something I very much enjoy: use unicode emoticons in text.
So I built a python application that adds to the system tray an icon with a dropdown menu of text items. Click an item and it’s copied to your clipboard.
It also has a preferences menu where the user can add, edit, or remove any item from the text snippets. Maybe you don’t know people who would provoke a ಠ_ಠ or maybe you never want to (╯°□°）╯︵ ┻━┻. That’s fine. You could add something you find yourself typing occasionally that you wish you could have in your clipboard .
Can’t decide what text to put in there? Why not (/) (°,,,°) (/)?
Anyway, if you want to install the program in Ubuntu, add my ppa to your software sources list:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:johnpbloch/meme-indicator
And then simply install the package, either through the software center or on the command line:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install meme-indicator