May 31, 2012

May 2012 Recap

It's the end of the month again. So what happened?

Well, 1 May brought the record of Angry Birds Space being the most most downloaded app in a short period of time. Who knew that Angry Birds Space was that popular? The new physics and graphics in the game was so awesome.

3 May was the day when GIMP 2.8 was finally released. After years of development and a lot of waiting by fans, GIMP 2.8 brought many exciting changes that enhanced image editing and processing. The new version even included the long anticipated single window mode that everyone had been asking for.

We also had been waiting for 5000 hit for My Bubbletea Time and that milestone was finally achieved on 4 May. It was a joyous occasion where the team spammed many blog posts as a celebration event.

Speaking of joyous occasions, EA finally decided to launch two of its titles on the Ubuntu/Linux platform. This marked 9 May as the beginning of proper game support on Linux platforms.

Jumping to 14 May was a sad occasion, where one of Australia's game retailers, GAME, went into administration. Many pre-orders of the long awaited Diablo III game was cancelled leaving many customers angry. Luckily for them, Blizzard decided to step in and compensate them will an online discount purchase.

Who can forget 16 May when Google Chrome 19 was released. This update brought some nice UI changes and improved on speed and functionality.

On 24 May, about a month after the Ubuntu 12.04 release, the Linux Mint team gave us Linux Mint 13. This distribution is based on Ubuntu but using the Cinnamon or MATE desktop environment. The distribution was widely anticipated and currently is at number 1 on the DistroWatch website.

Lastly, 29 May brought the rumours of Facebook making a phone and planning to buy out Opera. Many questions were raised regarding if this venture would be successful and whether Opera could actually take on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer.

Yes, it wasn't really an exciting month, with only new versions of products being released. What will June bring us?